Oman Ministry Signs Pact to Promote Smart Cities, Internet of Things

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Oman’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has teamed up in a cooperation deal with the National Energy Centre (NEC) to introduce the experience of smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the Sultanate.

The agreement also includes cooperation to promote knowledge transfer between the government and the business and academic sectors, reported Oman News Agency (ONA).

The agreement covers several fields, namely smart public services, smart infrastructure solutions, smart environment solutions such as managing wasted water and smart road lights system, as well as reading electricity and water meters’ solutions.

The agreement was signed by Dr Ali Amer al-Shidhani, the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology and Abdullah Rashid al-Badi, CEO of NEC.

Oman’s Ministry of Finance had earlier signed agreement to establish a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications technology and IoT with Ericsson in November. It had also signed a cooperation program with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation and  Omantel to establish the Centre..