The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowment (GAIAE), through the leadership of His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE, is set to implement the very first centralised digital signage system in mosques across the UAE in order to promote awareness of Islamic moderation in line with the country’s strategic plan. Alpha Data, a leading systems integrator, has been chosen to deploy the system.
A replicating software has been installed that will distribute information for the signage from a central location. In the first phase, Alpha Data is set to change the software and GSM module of the existing LCD screens from 300 mosques across the UAE. In the second phase, Alpha Data will install 250 LCD screens in mosques across the country which will be controlled from a central location via a replicating software which organises content and distribution.
Worshippers will be able to view a variety of information from the screens including specific occasions, prayer timings, verses, morals and greetings; these LCD screens will also be used to present live lectures from main mosques in the country. Aside from information postings, these LCD screens will also serve as video conference facilities for the imam’s meetings.
“Part of our mission is to make information available to our fellow Muslims as well as details regarding proper practices to be followed. In line with this mission we decided that use of technology would help us achieve this to the benefit of all,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Kaabi, General Manager of GAIAE.
Khaled Al Neyadi, GAIAE’s Assistant GM for Institutional & Support Services added, “We selected Alpha Data foremost out of a number of proposals because of their extensive experience in large multimedia projects. They were able to work with our requirement and proposed an extremely effective solution making this installation the very first in the region. The replicating software will completely replace manual updating of information wherein every mosque would have to be visited and their digital signage updated one by one by a GAIAE representative.”
Each LCD screen has a built-in PC facility and GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) module and will be connected to the main server located in the control room at the GAIAE office. All information entered in the main server will automatically be updated on every LCD in the mosques nationwide.
“We are honoured to have been selected by GAIAE. This deployment marks an important milestone for both Alpha Data and GAIAE,” said Fadi Ramadan, Division Manager for ELV Systems, Multimedia & Security of Alpha Data.
The installation for the first 250 mosques commences in October and is expected to be completed by March.
About Alpha Data
Founded in 1981, Alpha Data is one of the largest IT and Telecom Solutions companies in the Emirates with revenues in excess of $120 Million and offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Alpha Data strives to build long term client relationships based on mutual trust and respect. With a team of over 650 qualified personnel, Alpha Data provides complete end-to-end solutions in the following areas of expertise: Telecommunications & Radio, Networking & Security Solutions, Infrastructure Cabling, Enterprise Computing, Audio Visual Systems and Applications. Each of our specialist areas are backed up by highly qualified presales and post sales support teams who handle both project implementation and post-sales support. Beyond our offering, what counts most to our clients is the technical skills of our staff. Alpha Data’s people have both high level industry certification & in depth experience in their respective fields.