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05 Jun 2016  |  News & Events, Press Releases

UMNIAH SIGNS STRATEGIC AGREEMENT WITH WASEELA COMPANY

Umniah Telecom has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Waseela, the leading Jordanian and regional provider of Integrated ICT Solutions & Services. The agreement, signed by Umniah CEO Engineer Ziad Shatara and by Waseela CEO Dr. Samer Taha, will see Waseela’s microwave technology adopted by Umniah to implement the Connect and Protect electronic project for the Ministry of Education's schools and directorates, which was recently launched by the ministry in cooperation with the Special Communications Commission. At the signing, Shatara said, "We are proud to be a partner in the process of developing and growing the education sector through the provision of modern and innovative technological solutions that contribute to improving the quality of education for our children. This is where the importance of partnership with companies such as Waseela becomes clear, to ensure the best use of available technological services and the means to implement the project.” For his part, Dr. Taha said, "Waseela is honored by the trust that Umniah Telecom has shown it, and we are proud to be a main partner in the implementation of this important national project by executing the necessary telecommunications infrastructure, a field that Waseela has been specialized in for more than eight years." The project will develop used education tools in a manner that will benefit nearly 1.5 million students and 80,000 teachers by providing advanced technological solutions, including an internal communications network using Voice over IP (VoIP), enabling the ministry to communicate with its directorates without any additional financial costs. The network will also enable the teaching staff to conduct meetings and outreach virtually through video conferencing, eliminating the need for movement among the directorates. Additionally, this move will help control official working hours at the ministry, its schools and its directorates by installing the necessary equipment to establish an electronic monitoring and protection system, as well as prepare the correct infrastructure to carry out online exams in the future. The project will be the first of its kind in both the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Arab region

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03 Jan 2016  |  News & Events

Waseela-KSA Bestowed Award for Training Programme from Prince Sultan University

The Waseela Saudi Arabia office has received an award from the Prince Sultan University in Riyadh in recognition of its training partnership programme. Dr. Rami Abu Alhiga, head of Waseela Operations in Saudi Arabia, accepted the award for ‘Strategic Cooperative Training Partner’ on behalf of Waseela from the Dean of Student Affairs of Prince Sultan University, Dr. Abdullah Saghaier Al-Hussaini The training program launched in 2015 and entitled ‘Cooperative Engineering Training Program’ is a collaboration between the College of Engineering at the Prince Sultan University and Waseela- KSA. The programme is currently open to Telecom and Communication Engineers. “In addition to providing industry experience to students who will be graduating from their degree programmes, an important goal is preparing students for the reality of working life. We aim to do this by introducing generic aspects of organizational culture and current management processes,” commented Dr. Samer Taha, CEO, Waseela.  The training programme which was inaugurated in 2015 currently has two batches and a total of 10 students from different nationalities. Students that are graduating in the first half of 2016 will move on to on-job training. This is a particularly important feature of the training programme which aims to help new graduates going through a difficult transition period. The training programme will continue into 2016, and the new batch of students will start their 6 month programme on 17 January 2016.  As Saudi Arabia continues its push for the development and diversification of their economy, the training partnership between the Prince Sultan University and Waseela is a good example of the collaboration required between the private sector and education sector. Training programmes like this will serve the government development plans indirectly by introducing educated youth who have a basic foundation of corporate know-how and ultimately can act as a stimulus for the company and eventually the country’s economy. 

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03 Jan 2016  |  Press Releases

Our CEO Dr.Samer Taha talks about ICT role in the construction industry

Waseela, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company across the Middle East that delivers integrated system and service solutions, has been awarded USD 10 million worth of construction packages requiring integrated ICT/ELV/BMS systems in UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. According to MEED Projects the total net value of planned and ongoing construction projects in the GCC amounts to USD 2.7 trillion. Of this, in 2015 alone, MEED Projects have forecasted the value of awarded constructions projects to reach USD172 billion, the highest on record for any year. In the GCC a major trend in the construction sector is the adoption of Green, and Smart Building initiatives. The trends expand the role of technology in the construction of modern mega buildings which rely on integrated ICT/Extra Low Voltage (ELV) /Building Management Systems (BMS) systems for its efficient functioning. Typically, converged ICT/ELV/BMS solutions are expected to be a requirement at newly constructed malls, hotels, hospitals, airports, schools, and stadiums. Smart Buildings are commonly equipped with ELV smart systems for physical security, communication, lighting, audio-visual, surveillance cameras, parking, and access control. While Green Buildings which are advanced versions of Smart Buildings require BMSs to control and regulate air conditioning, elevators, lighting and heating, and other electro-mechanical systems to make the buildings more economical and reduce harmful environmental contaminants. “State-of-the-art BMS solutions now operate over IP networks. Similarly, this is the case with surveillance and access control solutions. In the coming years and as the trends of smart buildings intensify, more converged and integrated ICT/ELV/BMS solutions will emerge requiring more complex and sophisticated engineering and integration capabilities,” commented Dr Samer Taha, CEO, Waseela who also said that Waseela has observed a significant increase in demand for converged ICT/ELV/BMS packages amongst mega buildings under construction in the GCC. Since 2007, Waseela has been active in building telecom solutions and has strong experience in advanced IP networking that include nationwide rollout of advanced wireless networks, to the rollout of advanced indoor telecom systems inside airports, hotels, malls, universities and towers across the GCC. Capitalizing on these characteristics and responding to market trends, Waseela was able to expand its engineering competency to form a specialized team for the design and delivery of converged ICT / ELV / BMS solutions to mega buildings. “Since 2013, Waseela began a process of consolidating its diverse engineering capabilities into a new converged ICT / ELV / BMS department specialized to work on smart buildings requirements,” emphasized Dr Taha. Waseela’s experience combined with the adoption of state-of-the-art IP-based BMS and ELV solutions has put the company at the forefront of turnkey system integrators. Waseela’s success so far gives the company the confidence to take the lead in delivering complex and converged ICT / ELV / BMS solutions for mega smart buildings. As such, Waseela is currently participating and bidding for long-term projects with converged ICT/ELV/ BMS packages, expected to materialize during 2016-2017 at an approximate value of USD 50 million.

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