The objective of the CoE is to expedite Metaverse and Digital Twin application in Saudi Arabia and the wider region
KPMG has announced the establishment of its Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Metaverse and Digital Twins.
KPMG is bringing together a broad collective, with Microsoft, leveraging infrastructure and gaming platform, Ericsson for their 5G technology and network; and Metakey as the technical partner to develop 3D objects. The objective of the CoE is to expedite Metaverse and Digital Twin application in Saudi Arabia and the wider region.
On the sidelines of LEAP Conference 2023, a four-day annual tech convention held in Riyadh, which is culminating today, KPMG launched the new Centre of Excellence. LEAP attracted more than 100,000 tech innovators and leading experts from around the world.
“We have seen an immense commitment from the government to invest in Metaverse and to explore the public utility of the technology. With the launch of the Centre of Excellence, we are proud to bring together a team of experts and organizations to really drive these initiatives forward,” commented Maz Hussain, Head of Digital Lighthouse at KPMG in Saudi Arabia.
“A digital-first principle is to be applied across all the services to be delivered from this CoE, which means that the CoE will provide an incubation function to several technology capabilities that will be required to deliver a differentiated offering to the market,” he added. “Metaverse will help make Saudi firms more competitive and open up global opportunities.”
Digital Twin is the digital counterpart of real-world physical product, system or process in, for example Metaverse, and can be used for practical purposes like simulation, monitoring or educational purposes. Part of the CoE’s objectives to help organizations build Digital Twin objects, processes, and assets.
Creating vast opportunities within the government, public and private sectors across various industries, Saudi Arabia has committed to investing in the Metaverse and gigacities.
Zainab Alamin, Vice President of Digital Transformation & Sustainability, Microsoft Arabia commented: “We are proud to join this initiative and take a leading role drive innovation and bring value to Saudi Arabia and the region through the application of Metaverse technologies which supports Vision 2030 by making Saudi a digital hub and Riyadh the capital of innovation and AI.”
Creating safe, secure environments to facilitate Saudi business and society within national policies with the CoE being the foundational steppingstone towards the achievement of this overall target, Metaverse will position Saudi Arabia on a global stage, according to KPMG.
To work together with public and private partners on expediting the technology for practical use, KPMG, as part of the CoE, has allocated a dedicated co-investment fund for Metaverse use-cases in Saudi Arabia.
“With the traction we see in the market, we are very optimistic about the future of Metaverse and Web3 technologies in the kingdom. With our CoE, guided by an advisory board of global ecosystem partners and with a dedicated team of specialists from academia and industry, we will be very focused on use case development in Saudi Arabia,” concluded Hussain.
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