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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Innovation for Hajj: Saudi Transport Authority Deploys Advanced Virtual Glasses

The Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA) is deploying an advanced version of virtual glasses for the upcoming 1445 Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA) is deploying an advanced version of virtual glasses for the upcoming 1445 Hajj season. (SPA)
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Innovation for Hajj: Saudi Transport Authority Deploys Advanced Virtual Glasses

The Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA) is deploying an advanced version of virtual glasses for the upcoming 1445 Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA) is deploying an advanced version of virtual glasses for the upcoming 1445 Hajj season. (SPA)

Building on the success of last year's trial, the Saudi Transport General Authority (TGA) is deploying an advanced version of virtual glasses for the upcoming 1445 Hajj season, the Saudi Press Agency said on Sunday
These next-generation glasses leverage augmented reality (AR) technology to ensure efficient and high-quality transport services for pilgrims.
The virtual glasses empower field inspectors to conduct swift and comprehensive checks. Within just six seconds, inspectors can verify vehicle legality, driver compliance, document inspections, and report any violations to the data and control center, said SPA.
This translates to a remarkable 600% reduction in vehicle inspection time, ultimately enhancing compliance rates and the overall quality of transport services for pilgrims.
By streamlining inspections and boosting efficiency, the virtual glasses contribute to a smoother and more seamless pilgrimage experience. This allows pilgrims to focus on their religious duties with greater ease and peace of mind.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : NCA Launches 'Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants' Initiative

NCA Launches 'Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants' Initiative
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NCA Launches 'Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants' Initiative

NCA Launches 'Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants' Initiative

The National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) announced the launch of the "Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants" initiative. This initiative aims to empower outstanding researchers and innovators to develop breakthrough research and disruptive innovations for current and emerging cybersecurity challenges, accelerating their impact both nationally and internationally, SPA reported.
NCA is launching this initiative in collaboration with its technical arm, the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE), as part of the "National Program for Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) in Cybersecurity."
The national program serves as a launch pad for transformative initiatives that unlock new horizons and foster cybersecurity industry development on a national level. Its aim is to solidify Saudi Arabia's standing as a secure global economic driver built on innovation and cybersecurity excellence.
The program prioritizes eight areas: NextGen Cyber Defense, Cyber Resilience, Cyber-Physical Technologies and IoT, AI x Cyber, Cryptography and Quantum Security, Behavioral Cyber, Future of Cyber Threats and Attacks, and Cyber Order. By nurturing robust national and international partnerships in cybersecurity RDI, the program is described as "the cornerstone of building an attractive innovation ecosystem in this critical field."
The Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Pioneers Grants initiative will provide grants for researchers, academics, experts, and university students at various levels in cybersecurity or related fields. It will nurture broader-scale advancements in cybersecurity RDI under three primary tracks: Scientific Research and Projects, Postgraduate Research Theses, and Bachelor's and Master's Graduation Projects.