Mawani and stc sign three agreements to turn Saudi ports into smart ports using 5G

Riyadh — The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) on Sunday launched the Smart Ports initiative which aims to automate operations in Saudi ports, in the presence of Minister of Transport and Logistics Eng. Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha.

Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority, Omar Bin Talal Hariri, and representatives of the partners of the initiative, which involves a selection of leading Saudi and global companies in the technical and logistics sector, also attended the ceremony. launch.

During the launch ceremony of the Smart Ports initiative, Mawani signed three MoUs with (stc), Ericsson and Huawei, Saudi Global Ports Company (SGP), Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company (RSGT) and DP World.

The main objective of these agreements is to make the Saudi ports a pioneer in the application of modern technologies and the improvement of their competitiveness at the regional and international levels in the field of automated handling, serving importers and exporters, by providing logistics services in maritime transport. industry and strengthen Saudi Arabia’s leading role in the logistics sector.

Under the three agreements, all parties will cooperate to accelerate and implement 5G technology in the logistics and operations sector to contribute to the automation of port operations and other automation initiatives, in addition to cooperating to provide communication and information technology services as well as infrastructure, development of cloud computing services, cybersecurity, application services and platforms.

Mawani will work with its partners to activate the methodology of innovation, research and development of emerging technologies, starting from the stage of generating creative ideas to the stage of developing a technical design and a feasibility study for applicable ideas which, in its role, will lead to new products. and solutions that will help upgrade the operational system and improve the quality of performance of the Saudi port network.

During his speech at the initiative’s launch ceremony, Hariri said, “Today, Saudi ports are entering a crucial stage of transformation into automated smart ports by adopting the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution with their applications. advancements in addition to relying on AI technology, IoT and 5G technologies with the aim of increasing the efficiency of the operational performance of the Saudi port network and developing the maritime transport system to strengthen the presence of the Kingdom on the world map of logistics services.

He added that Saudi ports play a central role in achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 goals of increasing the share of gross domestic product of non-oil exports from 16% to 50%, especially since ports account for more 90% of Saudi exports. export movement.

This movement constitutes an influential hub in the diversification of sources within the national economy, noting that the transition to smart ports will unexpectedly contribute to stimulating and attracting investments in the sectors of ports, maritime transport, services logistics and to develop the movement of Saudis. exports and imports to and from local and global markets.

The Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority also pointed out that the Smart Ports initiative is one of the great results of the Saudi Ports Authority’s corporate strategy that has been launched in the past few months, with derived objectives the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and the Saudi Vision 2030 to develop a prosperous and sustainable maritime sector and position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub.

He indicated that the Smart Ports initiative will contribute to achieving the Kingdom’s leadership in the preservation of the marine environment through the adoption of clean and renewable energies and the implementation of the latest technological equipment in all the operational processes of Saudi ports.

CEO of stc Group Eng. Olayan Al-Wetaid said: “stc is committed to playing its role as a leading national company and the region’s largest digital enabler by providing advanced technical solutions to our partners in various sectors, and this agreement comes to transform Saudi ports in Smart Ports operating with 5G technologies, as part of the strategy of stc.

“This agreement aims to enable digital transformation in various fields, taking advantage of the Kingdom’s strategic location at the crossroads of three continents, promoting investment in international connectivity services and data centers, in addition to extract value from the group’s multiple assets, services and advanced technologies.”

It should be noted that the Saudi Ports Authority is working on improving the level of services to key stakeholders with its partners and intends to raise the Kingdom’s score in the logistics performance index to 4.01.

This is in addition to the Kingdom’s ranking increase in the Logistics Performance Index from rank 49 to rank 10 globally. Assuring its leadership at the regional level, the Saudi Ports Authority aims to develop a sustainable and prosperous maritime sector, to position the Kingdom as a global logistics hub and to enable it to achieve its economic and social ambitions. — SPA

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