Digital Grids Smart Cities Summit Opens In Riyadh, KSA

​May 5th, 2014: Fleming.'s 2nd Annual Digital Grids Smart Cities Summit was officially inaugurated today at The Riyadh Marriott Hotel by summit chairman; Dr. Essam Mitwally - General Consultant – Technology and Regulatory Strategic Studies, Saudi Telecom Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With over 175 professionals from the region in attendance, discussions on ongoing smart city developments in the region and potential roadblocks in the future were deliberated through comprehensive presentations and panel discussions. “We are delighted to have the industry’s leading, most respected practitioners and thought leaders presenting this year. The Digital Grids Smart Cities Summit is becoming one of utility industry's most important annual event in the Kingdom and aims to redefine the importance of this technology in the Saudi market” said Harshal Bhalerao – producer from summit organizer - Fleming.

Day 1 of the summit opened with the keynote address by Dr. Osama Al Bar - Mayor of Makkah, Holy Makkah Municipality, who spoke on "Smart City Vision", a topic that enveloped all aspects of a smarter future and economy. Dr. Abdulgader Othman Amir - Deputy Mayor, Jeddah Municipality also addressed the gathering with a note on "The U City" - Case of Central Jeddah, Saudi Arabia" .The Mayor's panel discussion on 'What it takes to build a Smart City?' and headline sponsor - Baud Telecom Company's presentation on 'Smart Cities - The Way Towards New Challenges" highlighted the day's proceedings.

Day 2 of the summit will see a special IT address by Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah - Holy Makkah Municipality, Vice Mayor - IT, followed by high level panel discussions and presentations from Saudi Telecom Company, ECRA, Ciena and Madinah Development Authority, to name a few. Sponsors of the summit - Baud Telecom Compay (BTC), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Coba, Dell, Mesh Works, Atheeb Intergraph, IBA, Amplex, eMaximo Solutions, Saudi Lighting Company (SLC), Qatar Project Management (QPM), Middle East Electric Meter Factory (MEMF), Granlund, Top Screens and EXI Light will showcase the latest in technology and solutions at the exhibition area of the summit across both days.