Posted on January 28, 2011

Qtel and South Korea’s KT Corporation have launched a major strategic alliance that will see the two companies develop joint solutions for the new generation of “smart cities” across Qatar.

Under the terms of the agreement, Qtel and KT Corporation will launch a range of new products and solutions designed specifically for organisations involved in the development of smart cities in Qatar, including developers, infrastructure companies, governmental and corporate entities.

In addition, the two companies will create a long-term integrated management solution, to enable developers to manage development operations and extend a range of value-added services for businesses and residents of the new developments.

Qatar plans to be a leader in the growth of ‘Smart Cities’, with more than 10 major master projects already under development. The country aims to be a knowledge-based economy under the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Qtel Executive Director (Business Solutions) Khalid Abdulla al-Mansouri said: “We are united in driving the development of the knowledge-based economy and building the best possible urban environments across Qatar. Under the new partnership, Qtel will offer superior solutions and services to ensure that the new generation of Smart Cities can offer people the best possible lifestyle options.”

The “smart city” concept is central to the long-term development vision of many countries, placing information technology at the heart of new projects to enable a “smart economy, mobility, environment, and governance”.

Typically, these developments integrate urban construction with “software’ such as medical care, security, architecture and green technology.

Khalid Abdulla al-Mansouri with Dr Kim Hansuk after concluding the ‘Smart City’ development agreement between Qtel and Korea’s KT Corporation

“Our mutual goal is to create a long-term integrated management solution to enable developers to fully manage operations and extend a range of value-added services for businesses and residents of the new developments. One of the key services we’re working on is a smart city ‘command centre’, a central platform through which  developers will be able to monitor and manage all services across the City through a unified control point,” al-Mansouri said.

The two companies will also explore the potential of digital signage services, security and intelligent building provision, remote healthcare and remote learning services.

As well as bespoke solutions, the two companies will work together to review emerging technologies and assess their deployment within smart cities.

South Korea has been one of the global pioneers in smart city development, with developments such as New Songdo City deploying the latest technology to minimise energy use and environmental impact, and transform the lifestyle of residents.

KT Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Head (Global Business Unit) Dr Kim Hansuk said: “Smart city developments are transforming urban environments around the world, helping to reduce energy use and transforming the range of services provided. Bringing together the advanced technology portfolio of KT Corporation and the in-depth industry knowledge of Qtel will provide an important contribution to the growth of smart cities in Qatar.”

source: Gulf times