Etisalat and Pacific Controls to Offer ICT Based M2M Technology for
Sustainable Development Across Middle East, Africa and Asia
DUBAI, UAE, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Etisalat Group and Pacific Controls, the
leading global automation company, today announced an agreement to jointly
offer unique Machine-to-Machine based (M2M Technology) Sustainable Development
applications and support to clients across Etisalat's footprint. This will
bring environmentally beneficial, green IT to the Middle East, Africa and Asia
covering fifteen countries in total.
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The new agreement was signed at a press conference in Dubai by Khalifa Al
Shamsi, Chief Digital Services Officer, Etisalat Group and Dilip Rahulan,
Executive Chairman of Pacific Controls.
The event was organised to coincide with a visit from the President of the GSM
Association (GSMA) Mobile for Development Program, Mr Lawrence Yanovitch and
the program's Managing Director Chris Locke. Sougata Nandi, Chief Executive
Officer at Pacific Controls, Ahmed bin Ali, Senior Vice President Corporate
Communications - Etisalat Group, Abdulla Hashim, Senior Vice President
Business Solutions - Etisalat UAE, Dr Shane Rooney, Vice President
Machine-to-Machine, Zakarya Alashek Ag. Senior Manager/PM-Mobility Solutions
and M2M and other senior management representatives were present for the
"This partnership brings a unique offering that utilizes ICT to deliver
sustainable development. It leverages M2M technology to deliver managed energy
services and business intelligence in real time, which helps to reduce a
company's carbon footprint. We are delighted to be working with Pacific
Controls on such a positive goal which shows how mobile and ICT can tangibly
benefit the communities in which we live, work and play," said Khalifa Al
Shamsi, Chief Digital Services Officer at Etisalat Group.
He continued: "Energy consumption today is at an all-time high, leading to
increased ecological and environmental pressure to reduce energy consumption
and carbon emissions. As a leader in the telecommunications industry, Etisalat
is well positioned to spearhead this initiative in alliance with Pacific
Controls, leveraging technologies like M2M to effectively reduce the carbon
footprint of the UAE. With this agreement, we are now also able to expand our
carbon reduction efforts across our 15 markets."
Dilip Rahulan, Executive Chairman of Pacific Controls said, "Mankind is facing
unprecedented challenge of Climate Change. Pacific Controls' Enterprise City
Management Platform, coupled with Etisalat's extensive mobile network
coverage, has already manifested that ICT can save the climate at the speed of
light. Facilities are reducing their energy costs and carbon footprint by up
to 30% through the Energy Star programme that requires only a few days to
implement. With real time profiling of energy consumptions, participating
organizations are now able to report on their carbon footprint online,"
The agreement aims to reduce the carbon footprint of companies across the
Middle East, Asia and Africa, and was launched in the UAE in December 2011 as
the "Emirates Energy Star". Since its launch, the programme has eliminated
more than 5,000 tons of CO2 emissions in the UAE, achieved purely through
active 24X7 Monitoring and Control of the heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning (HVAC) equipment across 50 participating facilities, constituting
an overall built-up space in excess of 9 million sq. ft.
The overall goal of the Emirates Energy Star programme is to reduce the carbon
emissions of the UAE by 20% by 2020. The programme combines the strength of
Galaxy software platform, Global Command Control Centre, Subject Matter
Experts and Mobile Network to reduce operating costs of facilities.
Some of the additional benefits offered via the programme is creating business
intelligence through data collected and analysed from thousands of devices
connected across buildings.
About Pacific Controls:
Pacific Control Systems (PCS) provides ICT enabled managed services and
converged engineering solutions for buildings and infrastructure projects
globally. PCS has pioneered the technology for Smart Cities in which buildings
and infrastructure are managed centrally to increase sustainability,
leveraging the ICT infrastructure of telecom operators around the world.
Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of
the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and
Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East
and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for
Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has
been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006 and 'Best Wholesale
Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing over 130 million
customers in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and
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