Etisalat plans to launch GPS services

UAE telco inks deal with GAPCorp FNI to launch GPS-based services
(L-R) Abdullah Al Ahmed and Nasser Watar.
(L-R) Abdullah Al Ahmed and Nasser Watar.

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Etisalat has signed a partnership agreement with GAPCorp FNI, a company that specialises in providing GPS services for vehicles.

The agreement with GAPCorp will allow Etisalat to offer positioning services such as hourly vehicle positioning, monitoring, follow up with emergency assistance, a geographical barrier service, automatic warning in case of theft, emergency cases warning facility, low battery warnings and other services.

Abdullah Al Ahmed said: “Etisalat will continually position its achievements in the ICT sector in a way that serves the business sector of the UAE. Etisalat’s agreement with a leading company like GAPCorp will help the business sector and particularly banks to complete its dealings and provide an easier safer flow of services.”

GAPCorp’s, CEO, Nasser Watar, added: “Through this collaboration we will be able to provide our clients with total peace of mind as we fulfill their demands and needs in line with the present market demand levels.”

Under the agreement, Etisalat will provide special data-supportive GSM cards for positioning mobile devices within the vehicles. The GSM cards are able to send and receive data through the leased line connection, also provided by Etisalat, which links the GSM cards and the communication center at the company.

The Global Positioning System uses a highly developed data and communications platform attached to a satellite global positioning receiver and a wireless modem in the front of the vehicle. The devices work to ensure two-way 24-hour communication between the vehicle and the communication center at GAPCorp.

In the first phase of the agreement, GAPCorp will sell around 100,000 GPS units, followed by a further 250,000, to reach a total of 350,000 units by the end of 2016. Moreover, in the project’s second phase, GAPCorp plans to extend the application of the project to other regional and international countries.

Several key managers from both parties attended the signing ceremony: from Etisalat, Abdullah Al Ahmed, Senior Vice President for business solutions, Abeer Norman, Vice President for Business Solutions, and Hamad Al Katbi, manager business solutions; and from GAPCorp, Nasser Watar, CEO and director Majed Wattar.

 

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