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Viper takes bite of Middle East LED market

Mecca in Saudi Arabia is one of the growth areas of the Middle East for Viper and Apollo

Viper Networks and partner Apollo Metro Solutions are gearing up for LED lighting projects across the Middle East expected to top $10 million in 2016.

Saudi Arabia is proving particularly fruitful for the company. Viper Networks recently gained product certification approval for its LED lighting solutions in municipalities throughout the Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia. The company is now following up its successful demonstration and pilot programmes in Western Saudi Arabia with fast-track product certification efforts throughout the Kingdom.

Jeddah Saudi Arabia University has completed a demonstration pilot project for solar LED light across its campus in conjunction with Viper and Apollo Metro. The pair aims to provide LED lighting for college campuses, student housing, parking lots and streetlights and have pilot projects in place with 11 universities and colleges within the greater Jeddah area. Initial orders are expected to be worth approximately $500,000 for the first installations with multiple orders over several projects projected to reach $10,000,000 for 2016.

The intelligent LED lighting technology is said to consume some 65-70% less energy than traditional lamps. Greater savings can be achieved by the addition of Apollo Metro’s remote monitoring via wireless streetlight control features.

A pilot project for LED streetlights, parking lot and public park lights in Mecca, Saudi Arabia has recently been completed, along with another for a housing development contractor, also in Mecca. The city is currently experiencing massive development. The Grand Mosque is going through a $10 billion expansion that will almost double the area for pilgrims to pray, creating room for more than 2 million worshippers. Another megaproject is Jabal Omar, a hill on the mosque’s west side, where construction of about 40 towers is under way, mostly for luxury hotels providing some 11,000 rooms.

The company also delivered its intelligent LED roadway lighting for a project in Lebanon from the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities of the Lebanese Republic.

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