The Saudi Ministry of Transport and Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance future mobility and technology adoption in the transport and logistics sector by exploring the prospects of utilizing advanced technologies such as 5G, AI and Big Data.
The MoU was signed by Deputy Minister of Transport for Roads, Eng Badr Al-Dulami, and David Shi, President of Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East.
Deputy Minister of Transport for Planning and Information Dr. Mansour Alturki represented the Ministry of Transport and David Tao, General Manager of Enterprise Business Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, represented Huawei.
As per the MoU, Huawei will provide solutions in the field of automation, big data, and digitization. It will also contribute to the provision of solutions for shared mobility, sustainability, and the use of disruptive technology in the development of the logistics sector and intelligent transport systems in the Kingdom.
Alturki said the MoU ensures the utilization of the latest technology in the Saudi transport sector to enhance its performance in transporting freight and people, which is part of the Vision 2030 objectives. The adoption of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) will improve the logistical performance of our transport systems, hence directly boosting Saudi Arabia’s rank on the Logistics and Trading Across Borders performance indexes, further establishing the Kingdom as a global logistics hub connecting three continents.
The Deputy Minister added that the agreement will also contribute to enhancing the quality of life across the country through the adoption of advanced smart transport systems as well as improving the services provided to citizens, residents and visitors across all transport facilities including airports and railway stations. It focuses on finding ways to implement the latest automation and IoT practices in our operations in addition to increasing multimodal integration to enhance transportation inside and across cities and reduce travel time.
Commenting on this strategic partnership, David Shi, President of Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East, said: “Huawei is pleased to be a strategic partner of the Ministry of Transport as it embarks on the mission to accelerate the development of Saudi Arabia’s transportation industry and the logistics sector to transform the Kingdom into a leading logistics hub in the region. Huawei will collaborate with the Ministry of Transport to identify and develop the next generation of modern transport technologies that cover multimodal transport across the Kingdom, including maritime transport, aviation, roads, railways and logistics.”
The Ministry of Transport targets to boost the adoption and utilization of technology in the field of transportation and logistics through collaboration with leading ICT organizations to enhance the services it provides and realize the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.