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Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

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Smart garbage bins to track errant families in Abu Dhabi

Households producing excessive waste can be monitored

    • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
    • Published: 21:00 January 7, 2014
    • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Binsal Abdul Kader/ Gulf News
  • Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi is explaining how waste should be segregated while disposing of into waste bins. The centre is installing 30,000 (thirty thousand) smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by the advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems.

Abu Dhabi: ‘Smart bins’ can now track how much rubbish people are throwing away — meaning households who are producing excessive waste can be identified.

A campaign to segregate waste by the Centre of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi (CWM) is being expanded into new areas. The centre is installing 30,000 smart bins in neighbourhoods, which are monitored by advanced radio-frequency identification (RFID) remote sensor systems. Volunteers helping out in the campaign told surprised householders the bins can track how much waste they are throwing away.

Each waste bin has an electronic chip with its geographic and technical details, which can be read by a device in waste collection trucks (through RFID technology)

The device is linked to a central monitoring station, which ensures timely collection of waste from containers and their periodic washing.

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Alarm

“If a waste collection truck passes a bin without collecting waste from it an alarm will ring,” a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

There are 15,000 green bins for recyclable waste and 15,000 black bins, Ahmad Al Suwaidi, contract manager for waste collection and cleaning at the CWM, said.

Residents were asked to segregate waste during an awareness drive at Khalifa City A.

Weight

“We can identify those who do not follow this instruction in real time. The weight of the green bin [recyclable] will always be lighter than the black bin. If the green bins are found to be heavier than black bins or if both are even equal in weight, we can conclude that families are not properly segregating the waste,” Al Suwaidi said.

The emirate generates 33,000 tonnes of waste per day — more than ten million annually. Per capita waste generation in the emirate is 1.8 to 2 kilos per day.

However, the amount of recycled waste was not readily available.

The centre employees and volunteers Mawalif and Takatof, act as environmental guides in the campaign.

The campaign covers Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Mussafah Commercial Area, Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi Gate City, Bain Al Jessrain, the Officers City area and Khalifa City A.

Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of CWM said the campaign aimed to achieve active community participation and enhance awareness about sustainable waste management.

“We believe this will reflect positively on the general appearance of all neighbourhoods. The important issues of waste reduction, reuse and recycling will also be highlighted.”

Hani Hosni, Acting Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at CWM, said the campaign will help improve general hygiene and environmental safety.

Now a taxi is just an app away

Now a taxi is just an app away

Staff Report
Published: Oct 23, 2013, 9:07 PM
Abu Dhabi: A mobile app – Easy Taxi – that eases a taxi ride was launched at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

The app – available for iOS, Android and the new BlackBerry devices – can confirm the pick-up point after a cab is ordered with the press of a button. The customer will receive confirmation of the name, photo and car model/plate of the driver, and will be able to follow the vehicle’s location in real-time as it approaches the customer.

Rocket Internet and iMENA Holding, an online investor and operator, have come together to launch the app. The partnership will see iMENA investing $7 million in a new venture that will launch Easy Taxi across the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia.

Passengers can save favourite addresses as well as check ride history Since drivers are checked for compliance before joining the network, passengers do not need to worry about their safety and can simply enjoy their ride, according to the promoters.

UAE laws translated into English

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UAE laws translated into English

Marten Youssef

* Last Updated: April 23. 2009 11:53PM UAE / April 23. 2009 7:53PM GMT

ABU DHABI // In a major step towards improving transparency in the legal system, the Ministry of Justice yesterday announced that every federal law passed since the UAE’s founding in 1971 has been translated into English and will soon be available online.

The ministry has also begun translating 1,500 federal court decisions, 500 international treaties signed by the UAE and 2,000 official fatwas issued by UAE muftis, to create a centralised, easily accessible body of case law and statutes in both Arabic and English.

The Government says the translations will give legal practitioners, businesses and scholars unprecedented access to the country’s lawbooks. The aim is to improve understanding of the UAE’s laws and legal system internationally, as well as foster the transparency sought by international companies and investors.

“There are more people that speak English than Arabic in the UAE and our goal is to make the laws available to them,” said Abdulla al Majid, the Minister’s Adviser and the director of the translation project.

All the documents will be posted online at www.elaws.gov.ae. The website will initially be free for public access for three months, but the ministry is contemplating eventually charging users a subscription fee.

“We are looking for feedback at this stage from the public to wage which direction we will go. We are considering creating different levels of memberships, such as academics and corporations,” Mr al Majid said.

More than 80 people working in the US, Lebanon and the UAE, including various ministries and courts, have worked on the project for two years so far.

“This is a three-step programme. First we had to gather all the relevant laws, then put them on the website in Arabic and then translate them in an ongoing programme,” Mr al Majid said.

The programme also aims to centralise the federal laws, treaties and fatwas and decisions taken by the Federal Supreme Court.

“Our goal was to get every single law created and amended since 1973,” Mr al Majid said.

Although the country was founded in 1971 with the passage of the Constitution, the first federal laws were not passed for another two years.

“This is clearly a wealth of information that for the first time is available to the public directly from the Ministry of Justice and not from a law firm,” Mr al Majid said.

“The best feature about this is the search engine which allows you to find even one word amid a sea of legal documents. That changes the face of research for academics, lawyers, judges, businesses and the public. You can imagine the kind of impact this will have on the overall justice system.”

The English translations are just the beginning, Mr al Majid said.

“We are also considering translating them into other languages, and translating specific laws within each emirate. At this point our focus is on English. This opens new doors for us and boosts our credibility further.”

He said the UAE’s diverse population meant that English had become the language of business. The project “will encourage people to learn more about our values and law even from their own countries before they come here,” Mr al Majid added.

Several sources have already translated many UAE laws.

The most prominent effort has been undertaken by a company called Affinitext, which has translated more than 3,000 laws and made them available in Arabic and English on the internet for specialised users.

The project was initially an undertaking for DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms.

“There are over 3,000 laws with no central repository,” said Graham Thomson, founder of Affinitext.

“Each law resides with a different area: free zones, ministries and so on. To collate just the Arabic is a major logistic challenge. Then translating it, then putting it on the best available programme on the internet,” He said.

However, the translations by Affinitext are available online for a license fee for companies and law firms, and are not meant for private use.

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Etisalat warns customers of phone call scam

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Etisalat warns customers of phone call scam

by Joanna HartleyJoanna Hartley on Sunday, 01 February 2009

PRIZE SCAM: Etisalat customers are being targeted by a Pakistani phone scam. (Getty Images)

Etisalat has issued a warning to its customers of a scam that involves fraudsters posing as its employees who tell customers they have won cash prizes, it was announced on Sunday.

The Abu Dhabi-based telecommunications company has said the scam asks people for their personal information so they can claim the prize, which is then used to rip them off.

The company has confirmed it is not running any prize schemes at present.

And is urging customers not to give out any confidential information such as bank account details, PINs, eVouchers or recharge card numbers to unknown callers who contact them via phone, SMS or email.

Many convenient ways of paying traffic fines in Abu Dhabi

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Many convenient ways of paying traffic fines

By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter
Published: January 30, 2009, 23:33

Abu Dhabi: There are several ways in which motorists may pay traffic fines imposed on their vehicles. Penalty charges may be paid directly at the traffic departments or more conveniently, online.

Other modes of payment include over the phone by calling the 24-hour hotline of the Federal Traffic and Licensing System and paying through automated teller machines.

The Abu Dhabi Police’s website www.adpolice.gov.ae provides electronic enquiry and traffic fines payment system for motorists across all the emirates, helping residents to save time and effort.
Visit the bilingual website and click the electronic services tab to enquire about the fines. The enquiry may be made using the Federal Traffic Code (Traffic ID) or with the plate number of the vehicle or through the driver’s licence number.

Using the Traffic Federal code for the inquiry will help find fines on all the vehicles registered in the persons name unlike the plate number which only brings up fines on particular vehicle.

In order to pay online, select the fines to be paid, and complete the payment process by keying in your credit card details. The system provides quick and secure service with data being updated in less than five minutes.

To pay in person, go to the ‘Violations Section’ of Traffic and Licensing Department. Submit the vehicle ownership form or the driver’s licence. Pay the fine and collect a receipt.

The office is open from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30am until 2:30pm.

To pay over the phone, call the traffic hotline 8003333.

Details about traffic violations can be obtained in three ways – using the traffic ID, plate or licence number. Payment can be made by credit card. The system will send a fax message afterwards, to confirm payment of fines. Another way of clearing the traffic penalties is to use automated payment machines. These machines, which have touch screens and provide multiple services to customers. The services include inquiry on fines and other services of the police department.

Payment can be made by credit cards or in cash at these machines. They also provide information such as maps, pharmacies, weather and contact details of police stations. Also, complaints, suggestions and security information may be entered.

It is mandatory that all traffic fines on a vehicle are cleared before the registration of a vehicle can be renewed. To be on the safe side, keep all the receipts.