Doha, Qatar – 14 July 2021: Microsoft Qatar alongside a global consortium of partners led by Ooredoo joined the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to bring to life the TASMU Platform, a one-of-a-kind, ground-breaking, smart city solution.
Built on Microsoft’s highly available, scalable, and secure Azure cloud infrastructure, TASMU Platform’s advanced and intelligent services will evolve the country’s digital ecosystem for all enterprises, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and citizens. The platform functions as a digital marketplace that streamlines the coordination of public services across all five sectors, thus driving the adoption of smart solutions for service providers and service consumers across Qatar. Through the platform, innovators and entrepreneurs can implement smart solutions to improve and facilitate their digital performance within each priority sector, outlining their key performance indicators to meet the needs of the people of Qatar.
His Excellency, Jassim bin Saif bin Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, said: “At the Ministry of Transport and Communications, our role is to revolutionize and secure our country’s future through research, development, and innovation. For years, we have been deploying innovative solutions and unlocking advanced technologies to provide a positive economic and societal impact on our country. Today, with the launch of the TASMU Platform, we are bringing to life the backbone of Qatar’s smart country vision. Built to be a unified authority orchestrating the entire nation, the platform will ensure improved sector alignment, better use of resources, and focused investments. We are incredibly proud of this pioneering smart-city solution, and we strongly believe that it may become a model and blueprint for future smart country projects around the world.”
Microsoft as the global technology enabler, brought more than its advanced resilient technologies and renowned expertise; they engaged their highly reputable local and global partner ecosystem including Malomatia as the master service integrator; Delta Partners Group as strategic program partners; PwC as the international project management office; Accenture as the consulting firm; Tata as the system integrator, Atos as the technology infrastructure enabler and security partner, Oliver Wyman as smart sectors transformation roadmap developer and Deloitte Smart Qatar as program transformation office operations contractor.
Her Excellency Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development, at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, said: “TASMU has been intensifying its efforts to build and sustain a Smart Qatar that is digitally powered and boasts a competitive economic environment to improve the quality of life for our people and visitors. The launch of the TASMU Platform is a major step in establishing an innovative digital ecosystem in Qatar. It will help build significant partnerships between the public and private sectors to understand and meet the needs of the local community. As we continue to welcome global creators and accelerators of smart cities from around the world to Qatar to revolutionize its digital landscape, there is no doubt that the TASMU Platform, with its high-tech capabilities that fosters interconnectivity, will soon serve as an international benchmark for smart city developments around the world.”
Powered by Microsoft Azure and Internet of Things, the TASMU Platform is a sustainable, resilient and innovative platform features world-leading data capabilities and strong governance to encourage cross-sector collaboration and data-sharing, while ensuring privacy and security.
Lana Khalaf, General Manager of Microsoft in Qatar, congratulated the Ministry of Transport and Communications for achieving a key milestone in Smart Qatar TASMU Program. She said: “We are proud and privileged to contribute to TASMU in partnership with MoTC, Ooredoo and our global partners to enable Qatar’s Vision 2030.
We envision TASMU as a smart city hub for Qatar and the region that enables diverse solutions for converting data into insights, supporting strategic decision-making and resource management for major entities in Qatar and the region, and helping to deliver a better life for citizens, residents and visitors.” She added “We stand ready, as ever, to work with the government in driving a culture of technology innovation to usher in a new era of socio-economic prosperity, and accelerate the country’s digital transformation agenda. By joining hands to harness the power of integrated cloud-based technologies, people in Qatar will soon have access to facilities that create endless potential value.”
The TASMU Platform forms the foundation of Qatar’s digital transformation and aims to be a single point-of-contact for citizens, service providers and other smart city ecosystem players, to enable an end-to-end smart city experience. In the next decade, the Platform will facilitate the launch of more than 200 TASMU smart solutions and applications across five key sectors: Transport, Healthcare, Logistics, Environment, and Sports.
Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Nasser Al Thani, Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo, said: “We were immensely proud to launch TASMU Platform and kick-start the phenomenal TASMU Project that will propel our country towards its goal of becoming the world’s first truly smart nation. As a leading telecommunications operator with innovation firmly at the heart of our strategy, working with some of the world’s greatest technology innovators, we are committed to supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 and the digital transformation of our beloved country. We are proud to be playing such a pivotal role in this inspiring project with our esteemed partners, and extend our gratitude to the government of Qatar for placing its trust in us to deliver TASMU Platform.”
The Platform currently provides more than 80 products and 37 smart city services, spanning across five main pillars: Internet of Things device on-boarding and management, Enablers and accelerators, Smart city value addition, Revenue generation, and Platform support.
The number of services will be enhanced on a continuous basis under the Open Innovation Plan, allowing developers to create, combine, and integrate their smart solutions within the TASMU Platform. Services enabled can range from helping users get around the city, to paying bills, interacting with government services, making hospital appointments, to managing their smart urban places, homes, and offices, as well as facilitating their lives in a sustainable and a productive fashion.
Smart solutions already operational on the TASMU Platform include, Virtual Consultation, a Healthcare smart solution developed in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health; the TASMU Digital Farmer Community, an environment smart solution developed in collaboration with the Agricultural Affairs department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and TASMU’s National Food Security Analytics smart solution, which was formed in collaboration with the Food Security department at MME.
To deliver a simple, easy to navigate and an effective customer experience, the Platform will be supported by the TASMU Mobile Application, available to Qatar’s residents and visitors.
It is noteworthy that Microsoft has established plans to deliver the intelligent and trusted Microsoft Cloud services from a new cloud data-center region in Qatar with Microsoft Azure, and Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Microsoft’s cloud spans 60+ announced cloud regions across the globe with Azure available in 140 countries and delivers a comprehensive set of enterprise-grade cloud computing services for developers and businesses of all sizes to create new customer experiences, transform their business and operations and accelerate the pace of innovation.