JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the governor of Makkah hosted the KAUST Challenge Award Ceremony on Sunday.
The event aimed to deliver in primary specialists and solutions to convert the holy city of Makkah into a good city, and carry out smart solutions to accommodate and improve the Hajj and Umrah experiences for millions of folks visiting from all over the globe.
Tony Chan, president of King Abdullah University of Science and Know-how (KAUST) mentioned science is being celebrated as a remedy to simplicity pilgrims’ activities.
“We are celebrating the use of science and technology, and creativity and entrepreneurship, to lead to the Kingdom as a result of Hajj and Umrah, to provide in innovation to resolve complicated troubles,” Chan informed Arab News.
He added: “This is a massive accountability for the Kingdom and we see KAUST as a university … to have this prospect to add to these answers.”
Professionals reviewed health care, transportation, and group regulate, with contestants displaying their undertaking strategies and bringing remedies to ongoing difficulties.
Per year, about 2 million pilgrims get there in Makkah to accomplish the after-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage.
Dr. Anis Koubaa, director of the robotics and Internet of Items lab at Prince Sultan University formulated an artificial intelligence (AI)-based answer to reduce congestion and extensive queues that lots of pilgrims experience.
“The concept for this task arrived to me as I have suffered from the very long delays at checkpoints when I carry out Hajj … predominantly since the course of action of examining licensed cars is handbook,” Koubaa explained to Arab News.
This pushed him to think of automating this system to make daily life easier for pilgrims, employing AI to instantly detect and understand automobiles by their manufacturer, product, era, coloration and license plate.
“The strategy was to leverage this AI-based mostly auto identification to streamline the test-in approach at the checkpoints in the ritual areas. Our alternative is ready to deploy in the subsequent Hajj time,” Koubaa extra.
For his work, Koubaa gained a prize of SR100,000 ($26,665) at the award ceremony.
He mentioned digitization tends to make lots of working day-to-day procedures obvious, transparent, human-independent, predictable and fewer inclined to errors.
“In specific, for Hajj and Umrah it becomes a big necessity taking into consideration the big range of pilgrims and the complexity of the administration of the processes manually by human beings,” he mentioned.
Dr. Emad Felemban, who won the grand prize for group control value SR1 million, instructed Arab News he and his group designed a really centered centralized system to manage and manage all the means employed to observe crowds in the course of the Hajj time.
Felemban, of Umm Al-Qura College, pressured that profitable the grand problem is a main party not only to his workforce but to other entities willing to carry out exploration to elevate pilgrims’ ordeals.
“It exhibits how the Saudi govt is keen to support this digitization motion it reveals how the utilization of new technology is very vital,” additional Felemban.
A single of the major targets of Saudi Eyesight 2030 is to host 30 million pilgrims and Umrah visitors a yr, which digitization of companies will perform an vital part in facilitating.