Category Archives: Technology

Around 133 inmates to be electronically tagged instead of being imprisoned: Abu Dhabi Police

ABU DHABI, Around 133 inmates of the punitive and correctional establishments of the Abu Dhabi Police, ADP, will be electronically tagged, as an alternative to pre-trial detention and imprisonment, with the potential for early release in 2018.

Brigadier Ahmed Saif bin Zaitoun Al Muhairi, Director of the Community Security Sector, highlighted the ADP’s interest in adopting the latest technologies that will improve its services and help it gain the community’s confidence.

Brigadier Ahmed Masoud Al Mazrouei, Director of the Police Follow-Up Department at the Community Security Sector, explained that the ADP began utilising electronic surveillance, through the use of electronic bracelets, according to Federal Law Decree No. 17 for 2018 related to amending certain provisions of the “Code of Criminal Procedure” issued by Federal Law No. 35 for 1992, based on related rulings issued by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.

He added that the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department decided to sentence 28 convicts to electronic surveillance instead of imprisonment, as well as 105 other cases as an alternative to pre-trial detention or prison while explaining that those convicted are referred to the Police Follow-Up Department, which registers their names, explains the conditions and installs the bracelets.

Lt. Colonel Saif Al Wahdi, Chairman of the Police Follow-Up Department, said that electronic surveillance works in two ways, with the first involving continuous radio transmission while the second involves satellite surveillance.

The electronic bracelet, which is placed on the ankle throughout the period of the sentence transmits electronic signals to the department’s operations centre specifying the location of the convict, and if the device is removed or tampered with, the operations centre is automatically notified, he added.

Al Wahdi noted that electronic monitoring will help integrate convicts into the community, discourage them from returning to a life of crime, reduce overcrowding in correctional institutions, lower related costs, and maintain family cohesion.

The ADP first used electronic surveillance in October 2017, and it was adopted in January 2018 as an alternative to imprisonment by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.

Source: Emirates News Agency

DFM rebounds 3.5 percent

DUBAI, Dubai Financial Market General Index rebounded in Tuesday’s trading session, closing up 3.5 percent to 2,613 points, underpinned by real estate and banking blue chips.

Emaar Malls rallied 13.7 percent over the last trading session, closing high at AED1.82, with Emaar Development edging 8 percent high to AED3.76 and Emaar Properties to AED4.37.

On the banking sector, Dubai Islamic Bank spiked to AED5.12, one hour ahead of session closure.

The Monday rally coincided with positive sentiments where up to 5,757 transactions worth AED400 million were conducted over 351 million shares.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances family-oriented facilities

ABU DHABI, In preparation for the busy summer travel season, Abu Dhabi Airports has opened two new kids play areas and five conveniently located baby changing rooms at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), further enhancing its services to better accommodate families traveling during the summer holidays.

The kids play area in Terminal 1 includes a cloud slide, an airplane on clouds which kids can climb, and a baggage tug with a tunnel. Meanwhile, the kids play area located in Terminal 3 includes an airplane on clouds, resembling the one in Terminal 1, an air traffic control tower with a tunnel, a cloud tunnel, a suitcase slide, and tires for climbing.

The new baby changing rooms are located in Terminals 1 and 3. In Terminal 3 there are a total of four baby changing rooms, two rooms in the Bus Gates Building, one opposite to departure gate number 32, and one near the old bus gate number 28. In Terminal 1 the baby changing room is located in the lower floor female restroom. The new changing rooms have been designed in modern way that would attract children with its color pallets and characters.

Ahmed Al Shamisi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The summer season is a popular time for families to travel, and we are delighted to invite parents and children to visit our new play areas and take advantage of the conveniently located baby changing rooms across Terminals 1 and 3.”

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Space Agency and Exolaunch: MeznSat set to launch by end of 2019

ABU DHABI, The UAE Space Agency and Exolaunch have announced a joint agreement to launch MeznSat into orbit by the end of this year. The agreement was signed during the recent Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.

MeznSat was developed by students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) and Khalifa University. The satellite will operate using a shortwave infrared spectrometer to measure the abundance and distribution of methane and carbon dioxide in UAE?s atmosphere.

A team of students will monitor, process, and analyze the data sent from the satellite at a ground station in YahSat Labs in Khalifa University.

Commenting on the research and development of the project, Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, said: ?The MeznSat project falls within the framework of the UAE Space Agency?s strategy, which aims to develop Emirati capacities and expertise and support scientific research. The satellite will play a key role in studying the Earth?s atmosphere and providing high-quality data which will help to address the many challenges facing our planet.? ?It?s a privilege to arrange launch services for the MeznSat mission and support the growth of the UAE?s small satellite industry,? said Jeanne Medvedeva, Launch Services Commercial Director at Exolaunch. ?Our wide experience in cubesat launches will ensure the success of this important milestone. As the project also aims at developing competencies in a University setting, our educational background will lead the students through the whole process of a launch arrangement so they will be able to apply these skills in the future,? he added.

Commenting on the next steps in the launch of the MeznSat project, Eng. Abdulla Al Marar, Head of Space Projects in the UAE Space Agency, said: ?During the upcoming months we will assemble the satellite and then conduct comprehensive tests in a simulated space environment to ensure that MeznSat will operate efficiently once it is in orbit above Earth. It is crucial that we test the satellite prior to its launch at the end of this year.? ?MeznSat will join the outstanding collection of satellites developed, owned and operated by the UAE for a breadth of purposes, ranging from remote sensing and Earth observation to communications and navigation, collectively showcasing the UAE?s position and leadership within the space industry,? Eng. Al Marar added.

Source: Emirates News Agency