ACUD has defined a master plan for the smart city based on five main pillars
Digital services company Orange Business Services has announced that it will design and build a new data centre to provide cloud services for Egypt’s latest smart city and new administrative capital, 45km east of Cairo.
The project will be implemented in collaboration with Orange Egypt, which will supply the required infrastructure and services, following its appointment as the greenfield project’s prime contractor by Administrative Capital for Urban Development (Acud), owner and developer of the site.
Smart, sustainable city
The Acud project has been designed as a smart sustainable city, covering a total area of 700 square kilometres, mid-way to the seaport city of Suez. According to the plans, it will become the new administrative and financial capital of Egypt, housing the main government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies, with a population of around eight million people.
Acud has defined a master plan for the smart city based on five main pillars: safety, connectivity, integration, digitalisation, and replicability. The ICT strategy is an essential component in the fulfilment of Acud’s vision and the new fully secured data centre will be a cornerstone of the new city.
The services offered by the data centre are planned to start on schedule, in the first half of 2021. Once implemented, Orange Egypt will also manage and operate the new data centre to host and run smart services for the private sector, as well as citizens of the new city, for five years.
“Orange has operated in Egypt for decades and our knowledge and understanding of the environment will allow us to fully adapt the design of the infrastructure to the needs of the new city”
Smart city services will include traffic management, management of smart utilities, such as electricity, water and gas supply, video surveillance and smart building services. Also included are innovative solutions, such as cloud-on-demand for companies and triple-play services for residents.
“Cairo is not only one of the oldest and greatest cities of antiquity, but it is also the largest city in North Africa,” said Sahem Azzam, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Turkey for Orange Business Services.
“We have built extensive experience in the development of major smart city projects across the Middle East and especially in the GCC, through our smart city centre of excellence at our regional headquarters in Dubai. Orange has operated in Egypt for decades and our knowledge and understanding of the environment will allow us to fully adapt the design of the infrastructure to the needs of the new city.”
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