By Gavin Gibbon
Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) technology can save 47% of electricity in mosques and 25 percent of water consumption
Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company, is looking to spread its award-winning smart mosque concept across the GCC.
AEC received the GITEX Technology 2019 prize for the Smart Cities category in recognition of its smart solutions relating to mosques.
Ziad Musallam, executive vice president, engineering and operations, told Arabian Business that the technology used can save 47 percent of electricity in mosques and 25 percent of the water consumption.
He said: “If we add to this one the solar energy, the saving might increase to over 60 percent. And we have other enhanced solutions for the water and the other accessories that we can add that will add smartness to the mosque.”
The technology has been implemented in mosques in Riyadh and Madinah, and Musallam said it has been well received so far.
“People are impressed, people are happy,” he said. “Regardless of the electrical bill and the water bill, people are not happy to see that, for example, the lighting in the mosque is always on, the air conditioning is always on. People feel a little bit guilty.
“With this smartness, the air conditioning goes up and down, not only by the time when people arrive, but also with the number of people. If the number is low the air conditioning goes down, if the number is high it will increase to balance it.”
The company, which was founded in 1988 and acquired by SAMI earlier this year, has also added smart cameras in mosque halls and smart signs. “If you add all these together you will see a big improvement in the whole mosque,” said Musallam.
As well as expanding the technology throughout the kingdom, he revealed AEC is also looking further afield.
He said: “We are hoping that at least we start with the big mosques. This will have an immediate saving because it’s a huge mosque with a big consumption of air conditioning and a lot of light needed.
“We are aiming to expand. We have a plan to expand these kind of products into Dubai, throughout the GCC and other Islamic countries.”
Over the past few years, AEC has witnessed a steady growth in its sales year on year, with net sales in 2018 rising to SAR2.07 billion, compared to SAR1.925bn in 2017, and SAR1.65bn in 2016.