At GITEX Technology Week 2017, Cisco and the Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre (ADMCC) announced further collaboration towards achieving the vision for a safe, secure and intelligent city. Building on their existing relationship, ADMCC will leverage the power of Cisco’s technology solutions and innovation to support ‘Falcon Eye,’ an integrated, live surveillance system deployed across the city of Abu Dhabi.
The strategic cooperation focuses on adopting Cisco’s latest innovations to enable ADMCC to stay at the forefront of technological updates and to harness new trends in the areas of safety and security. Launched in July 2016, the ‘Falcon Eye’ project will benefit from Cisco’s state-of-the-art data centre architecture designed specifically to support virtualisation in the data centre based on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS). This will support the expansion of Abu Dhabi’s city-wide video surveillance project to help protect citizens and residents and provide a suitable environment for the prosperity and growth in the nation’s capital.
“Safe cities create an environment that attracts the investments, businesses, and talent necessary for economic growth and development,” said ADMCC Director General, His Excellency Saeed Saif Al Neyadi. “Interagency collaboration and real-time analytics are critical to our ability to help law enforcement provide proactive, informed policing that pre-empts incidents and responds faster to emergencies. Given their technology leadership, domain expertise and comprehensive portfolio, Cisco is the optimal partner to support the evolution of our ‘Falcon Eye’ project and to develop new uses for our capabilities.”
ADMCC and Cisco are joining forces to create a more flexible, functional, and secure environment within the data centre. Cisco was selected for its leading cybersecurity solutions that help detect and block threats faster with Advanced Malware Protection. When complete, the Cisco cybersecurity solution will apply threat-centric visibility and control to the environment, manage unauthorised access to the network, and gain more visibility to prevent malicious behaviour.
“Keeping citizens and assets safe and secure is a critical foundation for the economic and social prosperity of any city,” said Shukri Eid, Managing Director – East Region, Cisco Middle East. “We are proud to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s vision for a confident, safe society by working closely with ADMCC to enable government agencies to better pre-empt and respond to emergencies and to safeguard the city’s inhabitants.”
The ‘Falcon Eye’ project provides coverage across the city of Abu Dhabi. It receives a live feed from thousands of visual surveillance devices distributed across Abu Dhabi, which connect into a single integrated control platform providing smart warnings and quick access to data creating events and initiating incident management. The solution is utilised by ADMCC stakeholders with functions tailored to each of their requirements and roles.
The Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre (ADMCC) was established under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, as stated in Law no. (5), with the aim to manage and regulate the use of monitoring and control devices systems in public and private facilities and analyse the data provided by the devices, so as to prevent crimes and detect offenders and maintain public security in the emirate.