UAE mosques first to feature centralised digital signage
The screens will show a range of information to worshippers, including prayer timings, religious verses and live lectures
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) has announced plans to implement the UAE’s first centralised digital signage system in mosques across the country.
Integrator Alpha Data will supply the screens and software for the system, which began deployment in October 2008 and is expected to conclude by March 2009.
The screens will show a range of information to worshippers, including prayer timings, religious verses and live lectures from across the country. Imams will also be able to use the screens as videoconferencing portals to communicate with each other.
In the first phase of the project, Alpha Data will alter the software at existing screens in 300 mosques. The second stage will see the integrator install a further 250 screens, with the entire system controlled from a central location which will distribute content.
“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 iInstitutional and 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.”