Fujitsu to develop eco projects in Saudi Arabia
MOU signed for a smart community project in MODON industrial areas
Fujitsu 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.
Fujitsu will first carry out a feasibility study this year, 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.
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".
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.