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Red Sea Giga Project Connects its Construction Workforce and Vehicles in real-time with MachinesTalk, Actility & Abeeway

Press Release, 12 April 2021, Paris, France & Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, is implementing an extensive IoT safety solution for its construction workforce and fleet of vehicles at its site on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The solution is a consortium formed by MachinesTalk, a regional leader in IoT Solutions and Licensed IoT – Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO) with and Actility, a global leader in IoT connectivity solutions, and smart wearable technology and wireless tagging solutions from Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialized in low-power geolocation.

The new technology aims to address four key considerations for TRSDC’s core construction site area: site security, worker safety, access control, and process efficiency. The IoT solution provided by Actility & Abeeway will be deployed by the leading national IoT service provider, MachinesTalk, an Actility Partner. MachinesTalk will deploy and operate a LoRaWAN network to cover more than 3,500 sq.km., and using the nationally developed and hosted IoT Platform “ThingsTalk” to unify and provide location-based insights based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT platform and Abeeway Smart Badges for up to 36,000 construction workers, and Abeeway Compact Trackers for up to 3,000 vehicles, to ensure safety and security.

A challenging project

The Red Sea Project is a land and property development on the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast announced by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in July 2017. The project is focused on tourism and hopes to contribute to the Kingdoms Vision 2030 strategy by attracting tourists to visit and explore the Saudi western coast.

The giga project is expected to contribute $5.86 billion per year to the Saudi GDP upon completion, at which point it will cover 28,000 km2 (11,000 sq mi) of pristine islands, sweeping desert dunes, mountain ranges and volcanoes. The first phase will complete by 2023 when 3,000 hotel rooms will be constructed along with an international airport, marina and recreation centers. The number of visitors will be capped at one million people every year in line with environmental commitments.

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TRSDC aims to become a world leader in environmental sustainability across planning, construction and operations. The project is planned in a way that considers the natural ecosystem of the area and several policies have been developed in this regard including: no waste-to-landfill, no discharges to the sea, no use of single use plastic, achieving a 100% carbon neutrality. In fact, the project master plan predicts a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040, which will be achieved by enhancing key habitats such as corals, mangroves, seagrasses and land vegetation.

LoRaWAN® is particularly interesting in line with the projects sustainability goals as it can serve a multitude of IoT use cases, not only during construction, but also once the project is finished. The same network infrastructure can be utilized to monitor and optimize waste management, parking, lighting, power and water utilities, remote asset monitoring, to monitor the environment and much more.

“We asked ourselves how we could enhance security on our site and enable an efficient construction process at the same time, while considering upwards of 36,000 workers across 3,500 km2, How could we ensure worker safety in case of health emergencies or prevent workers getting lost in remote locations in the desert or on islands? How could we control access and track the 3,000 vehicles of multiple contractors across the construction site, delivering materials, tools and transporting employees?”

said Ian Williamson, TRSDC’s Chief Projects Delivery Officer.

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The IoT Solution and the innovation behind

Abeeway smart badges and tracking devices allow TRSDC to identify workers and vehicles and secure the construction area against unauthorized individual and vehicle access. Individual access rights will be granted based on role, responsibility, category and group of workers. In addition, the possibility of identifying vehicles remotely, geo-fencing perimeters and setting up alerts based on worker and vehicle access breaches will further enhance security.

A panic button will enable workers in distress to send an SOS signal back to TRSDC’s security and emergency response center, allowing response teams to be sent directly to the location of the worker without losing potentially life-saving time. In fact, TRSDC recently opened their Central Medical Facility which will provide the highest medical care quality and assistance for those living and working on site during the construction phase.

From a process efficiency perspective, all tagged vehicles will have an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to ensure that there are no delays between required tasks. In addition, alerts will be triggered for idle workers or vehicles to enable improved worker supervision.

The technology will apply to all TRSDC’s contractors, who will be able to register their workers and vehicles and receive accreditation for them as required. Real-time and map-based remote tracking of workers and vehicles with heatmaps and counts will allow for more effective resource allocation across locations within TRSDC’s construction area. Given the criticality of the solution and the ranging temperatures experienced on-site, the Smart Badge and tag’s operability will be actively monitored with exchanges of devices with low battery and remote deactivation in cases of loss or misappropriation.

The Abeeway long autonomy devices allow continuous usage for months and years thanks to LoRaWAN connectivity. The devices work both indoors and outdoors due to their multi-technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, WiFi Sniffing and Bluetooth Low Energy. TRSDC particularly values the Low-Power GPS – a patented Abeeway technology that significantly cuts GPS energy consumption and increases devices battery life up to 4 times, and BLE Beaconing feature for precise indoor tracking.

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LoRaWAN® is widely used wireless protocol that allows battery-operated devices to communicate with IoT applications via long-range, wireless connections, allowing longer battery life, thus lowering the cost of device ownership. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life.

Machinestalk, is leveraging the Kingdom-wide IoT experience, tailoring the End-End service using ThingsTalk Platform, Application Enablement Platform (AEP), connecting Workforce and Vehicles over the provided LoRaWAN Infrastructure. MachinesTalk licensed as IoT-Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO and playing a role to enhance and enable IoT ecosystem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. MachinesTalk provides full-fledged solutions in partnership with world-leading IoT players, at the same time it caters to IoT needs with its own platforms and solutions.

Actility, global leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions, provides the LoRaWAN® network server and a highly reliable and advanced IoT platform for network management – ThingPark™, and already powers the vast majority (over 50) of public nationwide LoRaWAN® deployments and hundreds of companies worldwide.

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“Implementing IoT solutions on this scale with an ambitious timeline requires partners with a proven track record in largescale project delivery, as demonstrated by Actility & MachinesTalk. Their advanced IoT platform and innovative location technology are helping us to meet and exceed the highest international standards for health, safety and sustainability. This partnership will play an important role in ensuring the welfare of our workers, given their experience in providing smart construction technology and alignment with our business goals,”

said John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company.

“We are very excited to be part of this ambitious and visionary project, which represents our first largescale LoRaWAN deployment in Saudi Arabia in partnership with MachinesTalk, and one of the biggest to date in the world. With a large-scale implementation of our cutting-edge IoT solutions, The Red Sea Development Company now will be able to keep the workforce safer and support secure and more efficient operations, clearly setting a new standard globally,”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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“We are very glad to lead one of the biggest & prime projects using LoRaWAN in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are thinking it’s only a kickstart to long-term Public-private partnership toward smart cities, aims to monetize the provided infrastructure with IoT use cases to scale city operations and uplift people experience. We believe LoRa is the most suitable connectivity method for this project and we are eager to build the first LoRaWAN network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in addition to upholding all the challenges that will lead us to success. Also, we hope it is the start point and we could cover network throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by aligning with CITC and enhance the adoption of IoT and capture more use cases that focusing Sustainability & Wellbeing,”

said Nawaaf AlShalani, CEO of MachinesTalk

About The Red Sea Development Company

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. The destination is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use.

Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 500 contracts signed to date, worth some SAR 15 bn ($4bn).

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 5,000 workers currently on-site and more than 70km of the planned 80km of new roads are now complete. The Construction Village which is set to house 10,000 workers will be fully open by the end of Q1 this year and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will work at the destination.

About Actility   

Actility is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

Contact us here: https://www.actility.com/contact 

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About MachinesTalk   

As a leading IoT-based solutions provider, active for 13+ years in Saudi Arabia, machinestalk platforms, services, and products grant enterprises the necessary insight to maximize efficiency and reinforce scalability. The Machinestalk ecosystem stands out in this fragmented, highly competitive, and rapidly changing yet promising market. It takes many players, like hardware providers, programmers, technical support, and customer service, to come up with a solid IoT solution. All of our services and products are designed to relieve customers from dealing with many providers to get the desired result. We provide ready-to-use, easily installable, and highly interoperable solutions that provide the essential insight to run exceptionally efficient operations. Competent, customer-centric, and innovative are the values that best describe Machinestalk’s way of delivering cutting-edge solutions. For more information, please visit http://machinestalk.com

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