JEDDAH – A smart city initiative will be inaugurated in Riyadh in the coming weeks after it piloted for nine months by networking company Cisco as part of the government’s digital transformation plans.

The pilot is being tested in Olaya district, the city’s busiest area, and plans to extend to other neighborhoods once the initiative succeeds, according to Cisco executives.

The district is currently set with smart parking, lighting, cleaning services, and networks of sensors “for a more sustainable way of living”, according to Haytham Al-Ohali, Cisco’s managing director in Saudi Arabia.