Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 40 - Page 75

INDUSTRY WATCH DRONE CELL TOWER INSPECTION REDUCES COSTS AND THE TIME TAKEN TO DETECT ANY FLAWS CONSIDERABLY. Z ain Kuwait, the leading digital service provider in Kuwait, has announced entering an agreement with Zain Drone to undertake inspections of its tower infrastructure. The agreement sees Zain Kuwait as one of the first operators in the MENA region to deploy drone technology to inspect and maintain its cell tower infrastructure, demonstrating the operator’s drive to become a more agile and cost-efficient organisation. The agreement also represents the first commercial deal for Zain Drone. The pioneering Zain Drone as-a-Service (DaaS) offering was first announced at a ceremony at GITEX in Dubai last year, with the business set to unlock opportunities in various industries to fast-track growth and exploit the Internet of Things (IoT) in an efficient, safer and faster way. The offering delivers state-of-the art bespoke drone solutions and provides advanced analytics for governments and businesses. In a growing trend globally for the telecom sector, progressive mobile operators have identified the need to constantly monitor their towers to ensure smooth and hassle-free relay of signals between devices and infrastructure with the aim of creating a great mobile experience for customers. Drone cell tower inspection reduces costs and the time taken to detect any flaws considerably, as well as providing companies with complete details of defects through visual imagery, making it easier to develop lasting solutions for the problems that are identified. Zain Kuwait Chief Technology Officer, Nawaf Al Gharabally, said: “Zain Kuwait is a flagship operation within the group, and as such it is important for us to lead the way with regards to developments related to efficiency and infrastructure maintenance. “Zain Group has always benefited from its broad portfolio of operations, be it from a geographic perspective or a technological one, and tying up with Zain Drone is another example of how strong synergies are being driven within the group to significant positive effect.” Abdul Aziz Jawad, CEO of Zain Drone, said: “We are pleased to announce our first commercial agreement with Zain Kuwait, one of the most innovative and forward- looking telecom operators in the region. “Our business case is based on providing tools to our partners that help them optimise their operations and maximise gains from the efficient running of infrastructure. “Kuwait will be a great showcase market for the capabilities of Zain Drone-as-a- Service, and we look forward to winning further business in Kuwait and other markets across the region from Zain operations as well as from non-Zain affiliated organisations. Jawad continued: “Automation will play a key role in the cell tower inspection industry where automated workflows have proven their potential by helping INTELLIGENTCIO 75