The University of Lahore (UOL) having an enrollment of more than 35,000 students and 2500 faculty members on board. It has just signed a deal with ICL International Pvt. Ltd. to commission Huawei surveillance system at its Defense Road Lahore Campus, for adding innovation and technology to its already well-established educational infrastructure. Many dignitaries from Technology industry of Pakistan were present at the occasion. The executive staff of UOL, Mr. M.A. Raoof (Patron UOL) and Mr. Awais Raoof (Chairman BOG UOL) was also present at the signing ceremony.
The campus itself is vast, encompassing more than 500 acres, which feature spacious academic buildings, athletic facilities and student dormitories. While catering crime is not a big challenge at the university level, as it is for schools that are located in major urban areas. The Campus is certainly not immune to it and in this regard, the university administrators took an initiative to augment its security program with state of the art, especially the networking of video surveillance cameras.
ICL International (Pvt.) Ltd. is the trusted name to provide the smart IOT solutions in Pakistan, for about 50 years now. It had created a major influential presence, in both the corporate and public sectors.
ICL will provide the surveillance solutions for the UOL Campuses at its initial stage, along with other ICT (Information Communication Technology). It is now partnering with UOL to enable it to accomplish to the next level of digital revolution by providing smart solutions.
According to Mr. Usman Malik, Director IT Operations & Strategic Projects UOL, the university has initial plan to install 900 cameras in phase-I. It include both indoor and outdoor cameras, while the close circuit television cameras will focus on parking areas and entry/exit points. It will ensure the protection of the students and the facaulity members. The maximum number will be deployed inside the recreation centers for the university students, to help deter theft, keep an eye on anti-social events and to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. The working ties between UOL, Huawei Pakistan and ICL Pakistan will be fully operational in five months. It is an entire process of the establishment of the surveillance as well as the infrastructure.
Mr. Aliyu M. Wamakko Hon. Senator from Nigeria was also present at the ceremony. Mr. Senator Wamakko is one of the senior-most senators of Nigeria and has been influential personality in developing closer relationship with Pakistan and the University of Lahore as well. Mr Asad Sibtain (CEO-ICL), welcomed to Hon. Senator of Nigeria Mr. Aliyu M. Wamakko. His Hoon also wished both University and Huawei as well for the new endeavor.
Mr. Asad Sibtain CEO ICL International Pvt. Ltd. expressed his views about the partnership that “ICL with its aim of delivering reliable and efficient smart solutions is pleased to transform educational institutes like University of Lahore to be digitally equipped Smart Campus. Pakistan has great potential for ICT infrastructure and with institutes like UOL we will be soon witnessing the rise of new era of digitalization”. Mr. Asad Sibtain also presented the special invitation certificate to Mr. Awais Raoof for the participation in Huawei ICT Skill Competition Middle East 2017.
Speaking at the occasio, Chairman UOL Mr. Awais Raoof stressed on the Universities in Pakistan to provide exposure to the students. He emphasizes to deploy the latest technology all around the world, ensuring that our graduating students not only know the theory but also are well exposed to them first hand. He also shared his vision of how Universities should change their outlook towards the delivery of education and services.
ICL and Huawei have always ensured that Enterprise solutions which they deliver to their clients must be resourceful and innovative. Mr. Jeffery Managing Director Huawei Enterprise said, “Huawei being the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier has always praised the quality of products and services which ICL provides to organizations. As UOL is recognized as the largest private sector University of Pakistan, and there is no better time to join the university when it is expanding internationally with campuses and networks being developed across the world”.
Souvenirs were also distributed to the honorary participants and speakers of the ceremony. Mr. Jeffery presented the Excellence Award to Mr. Tauseef Ahmed Khan Country Manager – ICL.
Mr. Tauseef A. Khan Country Manager ICL Pakistan while giving the concluding note stated, “ICL has always endeavored to provide best Enterprise & Smart solutions to corporate and enterprises Organizations. With this partnership we will not only be providing Smart Surveillance solutions but also be focusing upon the provision of Distant Learning, Virtual Solutions, Video Conferencing and many more verticals’’.
Resource Person: Amir A. Khan