Al Aqili looks to the Future with IT solutions arm

UAE-based conglomerate Al Aqili Group has invested around US$500,000 in setting up an IT solutions division, as part of its business expansion strategy for the region.

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By  Published  December 23, 2006

UAE-based conglomerate Al Aqili Group has invested around US$500,000 in setting up an IT solutions division, as part of its business expansion strategy for the region. Al Aqili Future Technologies was officially launched at Dubai’s Gitex trade show last month to serve the growing market for commercial LCD display panels and surveillance systems in the Middle East. The company will try to capitalise on rapid growth in the number of surveillance system installations taking place across the region as public and private organisations turn to technology to increase both security and public safety. Rudie Hoess, general manager of Al Aqili Future Technologies, revealed the firm was already working on a number of projects related to security, and said he expected turnover to exceed US$5.4million in the first year of operation. “Our stand [at Gitex] generated considerable interest from various government bodies. The CCTV system in particular, due to its streaming digital video capability, could be easily integrated by a professional into existing security systems and would offer the most advanced video surveillance technology,” Hoess commented. In addition to the security market, the firm will also push its LCD panels, internet protocol (IP) cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) in the video distribution and broadcasting, digital advertising, and in-store promotions markets. The company’s display panels and certain other speciality products will all come under its ISE (informed, sell and entertain) brand. Al Aqili Future Technologies is producing six different types of ISE panels for various industry segments including the Industrial, Professional and DVI Series. Hoess said the panels had been specially designed for the commercial sector and were much more durable and gave a much sharper picture than a normal LCD. “We have improved the LCD in a number of ways, both physically and in image quality. We will be producing products that are built for endurance and industrial exposure and improving image quality through scaling technology and algorithms to meet the demand for the speciality market,” he commented.

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