Fujitsu Limited (JCN Newswire)
Tokyo, Feb 2, 2012 - ( JCN Newswire ) - Fujitsu today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) to commence a collaborative smart communities project in MODON's industrial areas.
With the local initiative led by Fujitsu Arabia, Fujitsu begins this global smart community business in Saudi Arabia based upon cutting-edged ICT, and environmental and power-saving technologies. Fujitsu will first carry out a feasibility study during FY2011 and FY2012, after which the company plans to roll out full-scale development of the project.
In October 2011, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected this study as a "Feasibility Study for the Overseas Development of Smart Communities and Other Projects." This is one part of an initiative for METI's "Promotion of Export of Infrastructure-related Industries and Systems." With METI's support, the project is expected to become a model case for the export of infrastructure systems through public-private collaboration.
During the new project, Fujitsu will promote the development of smart communities in Saudi Arabia's industrial areas with a focus on both the environment and energy. The project will include installing environmental management systems along with energy management systems to optimize energy usage.
Saudi Arabia is currently taking aggressive measures to promote the country's industrialization, and the industrial areas distributed across Saudi Arabia in principal cities such as Riyadh and Dammam are playing a central role in these efforts. At the same time, addressing environmental issues, such as air and water pollution, which often accompany rapid industrialization, has become an urgent challenge.
In 2010, Fujitsu began discussions with MODON to develop eco-friendly industrial areas, and in March 2011, Fujitsu took its first on-site tours.
With MODON's strong commitment to preserving the environment, in September 2011 Fujitsu signed a memorandum of understanding with the Director General of MODON to collaborate in the development of eco-friendly areas.
In October 2011, Fujitsu's eco-friendly industrial areas proposal based on the use of cutting-edged IT and environmental technology was adopted by METI as a "Feasibility Study for the Overseas Development of Smart Communities".
Toward the next step of the project, MODON and Fujitsu agreed to sign an additional MOU for environmental management systems and smart community collaboration.
With the aim of expanding its business in Saudi Arabia, in September 2011 Fujitsu established Fujitsu Arabia as a joint venture with a local partner Almisehal Group.
1. Feasibility Study (FY 2011)
At the Dammam 2nd Industrial City, located in one of Saudi Arabia's three major cities, Fujitsu carries out air, water, and energy-related field measurements, while at the same time conducting hearings with MODON and tenants to determine their needs and the challenges they face related to environmental management. Based on the results of these measurements and hearings, Fujitsu will develop a basic design for an environmental monitoring system for Dammam 2nd Industrial City.
2. Environmental Management System Design and Implementation (FY 2012)
With a vision of establishing a centralized total environment management system to monitor MODON's all industrial areas across the country, Fujitsu will begin to perform detailed design and implementation of a real-time environmental monitoring system that will connect Dammam 2nd Industrial City to MODON headquarters in Riyadh.
Environmental data collected and analyzed by this system will contribute to a policy aimed at improving the environment and the development of smart communities. In addition, measured data will be made available to local residents and businesses, and can be used as criterion for judging compliance with environmental regulations, environmental advisories or warnings. As a result, this system is expected to contribute to the safety and security of daily human life.
3. Joint Design of an Eco Industrial City Model for Saudi Arabia (FY 2012)
MODON and Fujitsu will jointly conduct the planning of a model of Eco Industrial City for the Dammam 2nd Industrial City and Sudair Industrial and Business City as a pilot site, based on the use of cutting-edged IT, environmental and energy technologies, combined with Japanese know-how in environmental regime design.
4. Transforming Industrial City into Smart Community (FY 2013 and beyond)
Based on the achievements above, MODON and Fujitsu will deploy the environmental management system and the Eco Industrial City model to the rest of MODON's industrial areas to establish smart communities in Saudi Arabia.
To conduct the feasibility study, Fujitsu is forming a consortium with Fujitsu Electric Co., Ltd. and METAWATER Co., Ltd. to combine the three companies' strengths - ICT and systems technology from Fujitsu, environmental and energy technology from Fuji Electric, and water technology from METAWATER.
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