The Qatar University Wireless Innovations Centre (QUWIC) at the Qatar Science and Technology Park has unveiled two new systems that they say will deal with some of the significant logistics and systems management issues currently facing Qatari institutions.
Using its new Labeeb data processing system, QUWIC has launched Masarak, a comprehensive solution to provide real-time and historic traffic information in Qatar, and a user interface that will support services and applications using this information to address the needs of three market segments: government entities, enterprises, and consumers.
Users can access these systems through mobile device applications, web applications, voice, SMS and broadcast, and will allow users to monitor traffic congestion on an interactive map, as well as get directions between locations that factor in traffic flow, ease of use and distance. The system can monitor data from vehicles such as Mowasalat taxis and buses, and will also integrate data from cameras. QUWIC officials say that the system promises to assist with traffic congestion and monitoring, vehicle tracking, trip planning, dispatching and intelligent fleet management.
Users will be able to monitor air quality in real time on their mobile device According to QUWIC officials, strategic partnerships have been formed to create comprehensive business ‘eco-system’, including the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, the Ministry of Interior and Traffic Department, Mowasalat, Qtel, Qatar University, and Qatar Foundation.
QUWIC has also partnered with Qatar Foundation’s HSSE Department, the Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute and the Ministry of Environment to design and build its Qatar Air Pollution Surveillance System (QAPSS).
The system will use the Labeeb data processing technology to integrate data from air monitoring sensors that are set to be installed along Qatar’s roads with data from larger air quality monitoring stations at Qatar University, Education City, the Ministry of Environment and other locations around Doha.
QUWIC officials said that additional sensors can be installed at construction sites, smart cities, sports facilities and educational institutions as needed.
These stations will be monitoring levels of particulate matter, oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide, as well as other atmospheric conditions such as temperature and humidity, all of which have an effect on human health.
QAPSS will help build a bank of historical and real time environmental data that will provide a clear map of air quality conditions around Doha, which will allow experts to advise on possible safety measures and government policies.
Users will also be able to monitor air quality conditions in real time on their mobile device through an application designed by QUWIC’s Mobile App Development Centre. QUWIC officials said that these systems were purpose built, and will continue to evolve to meet new challenges and tackle new problems as they come up. They are in a position to be flexible and adaptive, as these solutions have been built in-house and have not been brought in from institutions outside of Qatar.