SDAIA leverages data & AI to boost Saudi development sectors

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) provides a wide range of smart solutions to support developmental sectors in the Kingdom by leveraging data and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

The solutions include supporting national efforts aimed at preserving the environment and natural resources and achieving a sustainable future, in line with achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 targets. This stems from its role as a national reference for data and AI in the Kingdom, covering everything related to their organization and development.

These efforts are aligned with parallel efforts by SDAIA to enhance the Kingdom’s position as a leading country in data and AI, enabling investment, innovation, and the development of technological infrastructure.

According to the statement, the authority aims to promote the adoption of AI in priority areas to serve national priorities, given its expertise in operations, research, and innovation in the data and AI sector.

SDAIA has dedicated its efforts to establishing the Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in Environment, Water, and Agriculture in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture. It aims to innovate sustainable solutions and applications using AI in the fields of environment, water, and agriculture.

Further, the authority aims to build a data lake containing geospatial data and global satellite images from the past thirty years, as well as to conduct studies and research that benefit the environment, water, and agriculture sectors using AI.

SDAIA also aims to provide expertise in delivering AI solutions through various cases; working with historical, current, and future data; building and training national capabilities; and sharing knowledge across all AI technologies and tools. Additionally, it focuses on developing sustainable use cases and solutions to assist the environment, water, and agriculture sectors in easily providing data analytics, as per the reports.

SDAIA’s Smart Planet Program

SDAIA launched the “Smart Planet Program,” which is an intelligent platform for earth data that utilizes its historical data to build predictive algorithms. It has conducted studies, research, and design of several preliminary solutions for AI algorithms, sharing them with nature reserves and the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture.

This aims to create innovative solutions to help leverage and sustainably exploit untapped resource potential, detect changes in vegetation cover, monitor and control agricultural crops, and monitor changes in water bodies.

Saudi Energy Ministry-SDAIA Collaboration

To address various challenges using AI techniques, the Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with SDAIA, announced the launch of the Artificial Intelligence Center for Energy, which aims to leverage AI in supporting initiatives within the energy sector, contributing to achieving the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Green Initiative in reducing carbon emissions.

The center plays a pivotal role in developing AI and modern technologies in the energy sector, bringing together digital technology experts and energy experts into one team. It has also worked on developing a clear methodology to prioritize AI solutions.

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