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Updated : December 28, 2014 0:0  ,
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img111Surveillance at airports, although crucial from a security perspective, also solves specific customer challenges. Axis Communications, pioneers of the IP camera, bring intelligence and enhanced user experience to these crucial transport hubs in the region as Marwan Khoury Marketing Manager-                         MEA explains 

What benefits can network video bring to airports?

The major benefit of network video is that it brings all of the numerous moving parts of modern airport’s operations together in one place, leading to happier passengers, and more efficient and profitable airports. Video surveillance always used to be strictly a security matter; now, numerous airport functions are benefiting from new possibilities that to improve the security, business, and operations of your airport. It’s an important tool in delivering the complete airport experience.

What are the greatest challenges in airport and how do Axis’ products solve them?

The two major challenges are ensuring the highest levels of security, at the minimum disruption to passengers; and meeting the needs of an increasingly sophisticated passenger for a seamless airport experience.

On the security front, Axis technologies provide central surveillance in real time that ensures nothing escapes the attention of airport authorities. They aid in access control, and provide total oversight of passages between clean and unclean areas, automatic identification, alerts for wanted individuals and more.

To meet the needs of airport users, Axis products allow airport managers to run various elements like luggage handling, parking and ground services in a far more integrated and effective way, which means a quicker, easier experience. Video surveillance also helps design more appealing retail areas, and provides real feedback into consumer behaviours.

What features make Axis’ cameras particularly useful for use in airports?

Obviously, it’s important to offer the highest quality HDTV video for all areas of an airport, together with associated intelligent technologies like face recognition, people counting, incident detection and tracking and even thermal imaging. But what makes network video systems really useful is their ability to easily integrate with other IP-based systems, and provide information and intelligence to a central point, from where responses can be coordinated effectively.

What are the benefits of network cameras over analogue solutions in this application area?

With an interconnected IP network, each and every stakeholder in an airport operation – from security and ground services to airlines and retailers – gets a real-time presence in relevant areas to make informed decisions fast. By making HDTV-quality video available remotely and on mobile devices, and it’s possible to send video straight to external police and national airport authorities. Cameras also integrate with systems such as access control, fire detectors, passenger information systems and public address systems.

Can network video save airports costs?

Network video not only has the ability to save airports costs through reduced manpower and more efficient operations, but can actually become a valuable tool in increasing revenues in certain instances, through more effective retail opportunities and creating an airport experience that will attract greater numbers of people.

How will network video impact the airport industry a few years from now?

It’s going to keep on transforming the airport experience to make it as safe, efficient and enjoyable as possible for passengers and profitable for operators. Network video will play a growing role in setting higher standards in security and operations and unlocking new business opportunities.

Is it true that cameras will replace air traffic control towers?

The technology is far from reaching the level of intelligence to replace highly trained personnel handling such a critical responsibility but what we can say, though, is that network video is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for air traffic control operations through its ability to provide detailed, real-time information on flight and aircraft movements, thus creating and more efficient airport operations.

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HID Recognized for Its Design Expertise as Bahrain’s ePassport Wins Multiple Prestigious Awards



HID has recently achieved global recognition for its Bahrain ePassport project, clinching several top honors. These include the distinguished London Design Awards, the High Security Printing Award, and the iF Design Award. This suite of praises reinforces HID’s leadership in security design, showcasing its innovative approach to integrating cutting-edge security features with aesthetic and cultural elements.

Craig Sandness, Senior VP and Managing Director for Citizen Identity at HID, shares, “Our design philosophy is centered around seamlessly weaving security into the fabric of the document’s design. The Bahrain ePassport is a prime example of this approach, where innovation meets artistry. This is not just our success; it’s a shared victory with our Bahraini partners, local artists, and calligraphers. Together, we’ve crafted a document that is as secure as it is symbolic of Bahrain’s rich heritage.”

The Bahrain ePassport, celebrated for its innovative design, marks a milestone in document security by introducing the world’s first document-embedded hashtag, #teambahrain. This feature is more than a nod to digital savviness; it’s a strong symbol of national unity and a testament to HID’s ability to integrate modern digital elements with traditional security measures.

HID’s work on the Bahrain ePassport has been recognized across several categories in the London Design Awards, including Gold awards in Service Design for Government, Cultural, and Best User Experience categories, underscoring the project’s excellence in functionality, cultural sensitivity, and user engagement. The High Security Printing Award for Best New ePassport for EMEA and the iF Design Award in the Publications and Communications category further validate HID’s skill in creating secure, user-centered design.

The collaboration between HID, Bahraini authorities, and local artisans highlights HID’s commitment to incorporating local culture into its security designs. This partnership approach not only enriches the document’s aesthetic appeal but also enhances its acceptance and significance among citizens, demonstrating HID’s leadership in creating identity solutions that respect and celebrate cultural heritage.

“As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Bahrain ePassport, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation,” adds Sandness. “We invite governments and organizations worldwide to join us in this journey of creating secure, innovative solutions that pave the way for the future of identity documentation.”

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Fitness First Marks Mother’s Day with Four Days of Free Access



As Mother’s Day approaches, Fitness First is proud to honour and celebrate all mothers with a special gift of health and wellness. From 21 to 24 March, Fitness First invites all mums to enjoy complimentary access to its state-of-the-art facilities at any of its UAE-based clubs.

Recognising the invaluable role of mothers in our lives, Fitness First is opening its doors to mothers of all ages and fitness levels, offering them the opportunity to prioritise their well-being and embark on a journey to better health. Whether it’s a rejuvenating yoga session, an invigorating cardio workout, or a strength training class, Fitness First provides a wide range of fitness options tailored to meet the diverse needs and preferences of every mother.

In addition to offering access to top-notch gym facilities and equipment, mums visiting Fitness First during this special period will also have the opportunity to participate in group fitness classes led by certified instructors, and connect with other like-minded individuals in a supportive and motivating environment.

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Visa-free countries for UAE residents looking to book last-minute getaways this spring term break



As UAE schools gear up for the upcoming spring term break starting from 25 March, residents are planning for their well-deserved getaways, ready to embark on new adventures and explore the world. Global travel marketplace, Skyscanner recommends these visa-free travel destinations for UAE residents this spring term break.

Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner Travel Expert, invites families and adventure seekers alike to explore these captivating visa-free destinations

Seychelles starting from AED 2,711 – “A tropical haven with pristine beaches and lush greenery, Seychelles is perfect for family retreats. Explore Anse Lazio’s white sands or snorkel in vibrant coral reefs for a blissful escape.”

Georgia starting from AED 1,703– “Steeped in rich history, Georgia welcomes UAE residents to explore ancient monasteries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Georgia is becoming a regular tourist haunt for UAE residents given the sudden influx of Georgia tour packages and the family activities to be experienced.”

Jordan starting from AED 1,752 – “A treasure trove of ancient history and natural wonders, Jordan is a captivating family destination. From the rose-red city of Petra to floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan promises a timeless family adventure.”

Malaysia starting from AED 1,903 – “A melting pot of cultures and landscapes, Malaysia invites families to explore bustling Kuala Lumpur, beautiful Langkawi beaches, and vibrant neighborhoods in Georgetown. Trek lush rainforests in Taman Negara or dive into the colourful underwater world of the Perhentian Islands. Try Skyscanner’s multi-city search too to explore all that Malaysia has to offer.”

For travellers still deciding on a destination to visit this upcoming break, a Skyscanner ‘Everywhere’ search is one of the easiest ways to be inspired. Ordered by cheapest price, a search to ‘Everywhere’ shows travellers all the destinations available for your desired travel departure.

Skyscanner’s Everywhere search tool reveals return flights to visa-free destinations such as Thailand from AED 1,891, Philippines from AED 1,932, Azerbaijan from AED 1,634 and Malaysia from AED 1,976 round trip.

With the convenience of visa-free travel to various destinations, the options for an unforgettable getaway are endless. So pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for a stress-free holiday.

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