Etisalat Misr, a subsidiary in Egypt of UAE-based telecommunications group Etisalat, and U.S.-based building automation company Honeywell have signed a partnership to develop advanced solutions for smart buildings, communities and cities in the land of the pharaohs. The new collaboration focuses on the manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and transportation sectors.
In Egypt, it is a partnership that will help advance greenfield and brownfield projects in manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and transportation. Etisalat Misr, a subsidiary of the UAE-based telecommunications group Etisalat, and U.S.-based technology company Honeywell are working to develop digital solutions for buildings in Egypt.
Honeywell will provide expertise in deploying an IoT platform for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). For its part, Etisalat Misr will contribute its capabilities in connectivity, hosting services, software and operations.
“This will help further demonstrate Egypt’s ability to provide cutting-edge solutions to citizens, businesses and visitors. By combining our efforts, we aim to improve the safety, security and quality of life of citizens while creating more sustainable communities in key sectors of,” says Khaled Hashem, president of Honeywell, Egypt and North Africa.
Smart city, technology in the middle of the desert
In response to the population boom and the challenge of urbanization, Egypt is building a city called Al Masa (Arabic for “diamond”), which will be the country’s new administrative center and home to about 7 million people. This new city, which will relieve congestion in the current capital Cairo, is designed on a strategic vision of smart city to provide many services to citizens such as intelligent monitoring of traffic and accidents. Also, through this project, the government envisages the development of smart commerce through the popularization of electronic transactions.
Through mobile applications, users will be able to visualize the electricity consumption of a building and apply energy saving and optimization policies (heating, air conditioning, lighting, specific consumption).
“The path to a green future starts in our cities. The Egyptian government is paving the way for inclusive and resilient infrastructure through sustainability-driven urban development. This is an integral part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030,” explained Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, a few months before the 27th Conference of the Parties on Climate (COP 27), which Egypt will host in November 2022 in the seaside city of Sharm el-Sheikh.