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Fujitsu will first carry out a feasibility study this year, after which the company plans to roll out full-scale development of the project.
The global smart community business in Saudi Arabia is based upon cutting-edged ICT, and environmental and power-saving technologies.
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 optimise energy usage.
The local initiative is being led by Fujitsu Arabia which was set up in September 2011 as a joint venture with a local partner Almisehal Group.
In 2010, Fujitsu began discussions with MODON to develop eco-friendly industrial areas, and in March 2011, Fujitsu took its first on-site tours.
A model project
The MoU is part of an overseas infrastructure export initiative of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
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.