Alpha Data nets contracts

Systems integrator celebrates high-profile deals in the UAE

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

IT systems integrator Alpha Data is developing a wireless infrastructure for the Canadian Specialist Hospital Dubai.

The US$2million deal will see the Abu Dhabi-based firm, together with Nortel Networks, deploy a range of systems including a local area network (LAN), wireless LAN, wide area network (WAN), servers, data centers, disaster recovery system, storage area network, digital and IP telephones as well as a television system for the new hospital.

Michel Harb, head of networking for Alpha Data, said the project, which started with the cabling phase two months ago, should be completed by the first quarter of next year.

“Most of the systems installed are at the last stages of implementation. Cabling started two months ago, is now at 80% and is expected to be over by mid-December,” Harb said.

Harb added that the rest of the project would be started once the cabling phase was completed.
Other regional customers Alpha Data has worked with in the medical segment include Al Noor Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Alpha Data is also embarking on the second phase of its US$3 million project with Abu Dhabi University. It is working on the auditorium for the new campus of the university, providing audiovisual equipment as well as a sound system and lighting.

The systems integrator has already provided audiovisual systems in classrooms and installed a video conferencing system under the first phase of the project.

The second phase, which Alpha Data started this month, is expected to last three months.
Fadi Ramadan, audiovisual division manager at Alpha Data, said that the company had done a lot of projects with the education sector previously including providing video conferencing facilities for the Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.

“ADU aspires to be the premier university in the UAE and Gulf region. Having state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment will help us to achieve this vision. Also, our students and staff will benefit greatly from having such technologically advanced equipment at their disposal,” Qusay Al Saffar project manager of Abu Dhabi University told IT Weekly.

“We chose to work with Alpha Data, because of their expertise in the delivery of IT/AV services. They are a prestigious company and also have an unparalleled reputation in their field,” Al Saffar added.

In addition to the medical and educational verticals, Alpha Data also works with the banking, government and oil and gas sectors. Its customer list includes Dubai Airport, Etihad Airlines, Capital Towers, Al Ain Technology University, Al Sufouh Brokerage, and Emirates Securities.

The firm, which in addition to its office in Abu Dhabi has a second office in Dubai, registered annual revenues of US$120million in 2006.

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