Optelecom-NKF Provides Safety and Security at Middle East Mall

Optelecom-NKF, a manufacturer of Siqura surveillance products and solutions, provided an update on its ongoing video surveillance project at the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

The Bawadi Mall opened its first phase of development to visitors on Jan. 29, 2009. At 861,000 square feet the two-level shopping mall, when completed, will be the largest in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Designed as a premiere shopping and entertainment destination, the mall is easily accessed through Al Ain City's main network of highways.

Security for visitors to the Bawadi Mall is a key element of its design. Al-Futtaim Engineering Security & LV Systems Division, the project's integrator, chose Optelecom-NKF to supply the data transmission equipment for the mall's network video and data transmission system. The fiber-based system incorporates 203 cameras, including 133 for mall's common grounds, 43 for the Heritage Village — which consists of traditional shops, an entertainment stage and much more — 16 cameras in District Cooling Plant and an additional 11 outdoor high-end PTZ perimeter cameras.

Azeem Aziz, Sales Engineer of Al Futtaim Engineering said, "We worked very closely with Optelecom-NKF to work out a very cost-effective solution for this project. The wide and comprehensive range of products from Optelecom-NKF allowed us to design an advanced and robust system architecture. The high fidelity and quality of Optelecom-NKF's equipment, as well as local sales support available in this region, helped meet all of our needs. Optelecom-NKF's range of products is second to none."

Optelecom-NKF's range of proven fiber-optics transmitters and receivers like the Octa, Tetra, VBS, PSA and MC11 were incorporated to transmit video, data and alarm contacts for the Mall's surveillance cameras.

With the first phase of the Bawadi Mall security system up and running to specification, Al-Futtaim Engineering again called on Optelecom-NKF to supply fiber optic transmission equipment for the project's next stage of development. An additional 70 cameras will be added to the security network, connected and controlled by Optelecom-NKF technologies.

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