WHERE UAE STANDS ON THE PATH TO NET ZERO?
Vladimir Shelepov's Interview to Arloid
“There are lots of out-of-date infrastructure in the country, that cost its owners a fortune in comparison with similar modern facilities.”
Arloid Chief Product Officer Vladimir Pushmin interviewed NCC Vice President Vladimir Shelepov to share his thoughts on where the UAE stands on the path to Net Zero.
Tell us about NCC
NCC is a leading IT holding that unites companies operating in distribution, production, service, system integration, management consulting, development, and implementation of software solutions.
We provide integration services for clients in the UAE and MENA region. Over 30 years, NCC has conducted and contributed to various high-profile projects on the Russian and MENA markets.
Why did you decide to expand to the UAE?
The UAE is a modern and constantly growing country. The UAE makes their progress toward the Future with its own, unique approach adapting ultra-modern technology and at the same time respecting traditional ways and historical heritage. Such approach will make creating business in the country very attractive.
In addition, the UAE is beneficial for business activities from a geolocation perspective. Being the cross-roads for many trading routes, it is within easy reach to any GCC countries, African and Indian countries.
Both these aspects make the UAE in general, Dubai in particular, an attraction point for international expansion.
Why did you add an energy optimisation to your product portfolio?
Concern for the Environment was always an NCC priority when it came to adapt new technologies and products.
These topics are becoming even more relevant and urgent today. Catastrophic climate change makes a lot of countries concerned about the current situation and our Global Future.
The UAE among other countries in the Middle East set net-zero targets and actively look for possible solutions to reach that target.
So, it comes naturally to be concerned about our planet’s future and about the future of our children and next generation. It is simply our duty and obligation to make everything possible to minimize our impact on the environment.
What do you think led to such a boom in energy optimisation offering in the UAE?
The UAE is modern society and an early adopter when it comes to the question of modern technologies. The title “the first in the world” became association with this Arab country.
Global energy crisis, environment concerns and constant consumption growth lead to high demand for energy optimisation and alternative energy resource solutions.
Moreover, there are lots of out-of-date infrastructure in the country, that cost its owners a fortune in comparison with similar modern facilities, which also make it desirable to find a way to minimise the monthly energy bill as much as possible.
Why did you decide to add Arloid to your portfolio?
Energy optimisation solution is in high demand. It is not always possible to implement modern energy effectiveness and an environmentally friendly solution.
Thus, NCC sees the monumental benefit of adding Arloid solution to its portfolio. This now makes it possible to expand NCC offering to their customers and add such solution to other proposed services.
That makes NCC more competitive within the market and adds value in comparison with NCC competitors with similar proposals.
Are you planning to expand to other GCC countries? Are they ready for such technologies?
By establishing a branch in Dubai, NCC aims to go international and expand its business activity globally, with the UAE as a starting point. NCC has already extended its broad activity in the UAE and has included GCC and African countries for business activity.
INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
By Zhantemir Tkhakakhov
A member of our team, Zhantemir Tkhakakhov, participated in an interview, conducted by the ICT Online Journal. In the interview, he expressed his thoughts, as well as shared his experience in the sphere of transport planning and digitalization.
ICT-Online.ru: How do you assess the current level of IT presence in areas related to transport?
Senior Transportation Planning Expert Zhantemir Tkhakakhov: We are now witnessing the rapid development of IT, and its presence in all spheres of our lives is increasing year by year. Undoubtedly, one of the key areas is the digital transformation of the transport complex in general and passenger transport in particular. Few people can imagine passenger transport without the digital services we use everywhere today. Just 10 years ago, we did not even think about the services that are now “vitally important” to us.
For example, GLONASS sensors allow us to monitor the location and technical condition of passenger vehicles at any time. Video surveillance systems help to increase safety on transport. Electronic displays at public transport stops inform passengers about the time of arrival of the buses or trams. The introduction of modern online forms of payment also makes travel more convenient. The implementation of the MaaS (mobility as a service) concept, which is a single digital platform uniting all kinds of transportation services and allowing users to build the most convenient route at the most favorable fare, is gaining popularity. All this, with an integrated and balanced approach, together with the renewal of the rolling stock and the development of road infrastructure improves the quality of service and contributes to a positive image of passenger transportation.
In turn, commercial vehicles are being equipped with fuel level sensors, monitoring and geolocation, work and rest mode monitoring systems at am increasing pace. Digitalization of road infrastructure is also actively being carried out. More and more roads are being equipped with Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) elements.
ICT-Online.ru: What major successes and challenges can be noted?
Zhantemir Tkhakakhov: Among the main problems that hinder the digitalization of the transport complex, I would refer to the lack of a unified understanding of what intelligent transport systems are, the lack of clear standards, the lack of educational work with the public, and, of course, the personnel issue with regard to both managers and technical specialists.
The successes include the fact that in the regions where ITS are present, the positive effects of implementation are evident, including the reduction of traffic delays, accidents, increased capacity, and the average speed of traffic.
ICT-Online.ru: Your forecasts about the development of IT solutions for transport. What is the transport of the nearest future? What could be your company’s involvement in this area?
Zhantemir Tkhakakhov: Once again, I would like to point out that transport is a systemically important industry, the most important part of the production and social infrastructure of the regions. And every day there are more and more technologies and solutions to digitize the transport sphere. In my opinion, this trend will only gain momentum every year. If we talk about transport in the near future, I think that soon the entire road infrastructure will be digitized and autonomous transport will appear on the roads. Multimodal platforms, personalized cards as “urban mobility passports” will develop more and more, and in general I think there will be more public transport on the roads and fewer and fewer private cars. Of course, “on the ground” there will be more specialists in areas such as ITS, Internet of Things, and unmanned transportation, which will also serve as a driver for the development of the industry.
We see great potential in the digitalization of the transport industry and are focused on the development of the transport sector. We are already ready to offer a range of services for the development of transport planning documents, concepts and engineering projects for ITS, the selection of the necessary equipment and software, and the implementation and development of intelligent transport systems and their individual components
THE FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT
By Karim Morsy
During GITEX technological exhibition in 2021, the governments of UAE have presented many innovative digital initiatives and projects with the aim of creating a unique government model, adopt the changes, and ease the government services for public and government.
NCC Middle East has taken a part to display the government solutions and expertise, and how our Governance Solution can help government to enhance and improve the provided services to Public, Government and Business. The best practices followed in Russia and Middle East to eliminate key transformation challenges have also been assessed and displayed by our company.
As NCC Middle East, we lead and drive the digital transformation within governments following 5-step strategy to ensure the success of the government Transformation.
- Strategy Planning
- Technology Capability
- Data Management
- Change Capability
- Process Optimization
We present our government-to-government solutions, which automate and simplify one of the major challenges in government transformation – data exchange process, and flow between government entities, as it requires efforts and time. We also provide the heads of governments with clear performance reports and statistics.
We have conducted a few workshops with the government entities in Dubai to demonstrate our new business platform and the benefits for current and new businesses and start-ups, as well as a wide range of enabled services for entrepreneurs.
Our Business Platform is an analytics-based platform, which offers numerous features for entrepreneurs to attract new investment by allowing them to discover the intended area for the business. The platform offers other services to support the entrepreneurs, including business planning, and many other ways to finance their business. The platform users can experience all the services that we offer one-by-one through their business journey.
NCC Middle East has many success stories globally varied between Russia and Middle East region in transforming and enabling governments to adopt the change, and maintain the digital maturity level across the government. With more than 15 years of experience, globally we have no less than 1000 developers, analysts, and project managers, who are engaged in the implementation of various information systems.
By Vladimir Shelepov
As of today, NCC Middle East is launching a technical blog where its experts will share their knowledge and experience with the professional community. Upcoming plans include articles on e-Government, smart city, special security technologies, intelligent video surveillance.
We have decided to start with a short note about one of the “flagship” areas of our work, which is related to ensuring the security for international mass events.
Expo 2020 opens tomorrow, and it is the first event of this scale in the region. Postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, long-awaited for Dubai, the UAE and, perhaps, the whole World.
Despite the fact that Dubai is one of the safest places in the world, we should not underestimate the threats accompanying such events. Therefore, at Expo 2020, like at any similar event, all the necessary security measures will be taken.
Typically, when ensuring the security of such events, a set of technical means for the inspection of people and vehicles, as well as perimeter security systems, intelligent video surveillance systems, access control and management systems are used.
Recently, various temperature monitoring systems, indicators of dangerous biological agents, and systems for remote screening of people with wearables have been added to them.
The rapid development of drones has led to the use of countermeasures against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – systems for detecting, suppressing, and monitoring UAVs.
The Event Management System class systems play a crucial role, enabling a rapid response to incidents that occur.
However, the key element of the system is the integration of its various components to achieve effective security management.
We will find out how things will go with the security of Expo 2020 very soon.
Based on my personal experience in preparing and holding international mass events, I can say that the first week will be the most exciting for the organizers. Theory and training are very important, but real life always makes its own adjustments.
Dubai has accumulated considerable experience in hosting various mass events, but Expo 2020 will be a unique experience. It is very important to maintain concentration over a long period of time, and it is a challenge to keep the event at a high level for half a year. I wish Dubai to cope with this challenge with dignity, and the guests of the Emirate to enjoy their visit to the Expo.