Smart technology to prevent people from getting lost in mega venues. Waseela, the leading regional Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system integrator, has begun testing smart indoor navigation and positioning systems. These systems would typically be deployed at mega venues in an attempt to prevent individuals from getting lost, to enrich the shopping experience or to make walking through an entertainment venue more enjoyable. The Indoor Positioning Solutions are technologies that upgrade and complement the design of smart buildings. An effective smart building requires the integration of many solutions and technologies. These include building management systems that automatically monitor, control and regulate the power-consuming subsystems within a building, and park management systems, access security control, surveillance cameras and audio visual equipment that are connected and integrated by a unified wired and wireless IP network. “The task of setting up the systems that make a building smart is rather complex, and tedious requiring require detailed design and optimization engineering. Waseela assists in these endeavours, and serves developers and contractors by designing and integrating several systems from various suppliers. We use many suppliers in the development of these systems because we believe in utilizing the best industry standards available in the market,’’ said Mr. Ibrahim Balaawi, Managing Director of Smart Building Solutions, Waseela. The processes involved in the development of a smart building could take 6-9 months for completion beginning from the design stage to implementation and commissioning depending on the complexity and size of the project. “Designing smart solutions for a building requires several rounds of consultations, and approvals from the involved parties to ensure that the systems are compatible with the other civil, electromechanical and general project specifications of the building. As such the process, can be lengthy and complex as the civil, electromechanical and general project specifications may go through changes and variations at different stages of the development. In parallel to this, some systems must be approved by governmental authorities like the ministry of interior, Dubai Police, Etisalat/Du,” explained Mr. Ibrahim Waseela’s Indoor Positioning and Navigation system that can help prevent individuals from getting lost will have a major role in large venues such as theme parks, shopping malls and other mega venues the in the GCC and Middle East.