Video conferencing for Omani hearing impaired unveiled
Muscat, April 8, 2014
The Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and Cisco have launched a new Cisco Video Conferencing Solution for hearing impaired Omani citizens at the ongoing Comex Oman 2014.
The solution was demonstrated at the Cisco Stand 101 in the Business Pavilion as well as the TRA stand in the Telecom Zone at the show today (April 9).
This new service, which is available at no cost to users, will be delivered by volunteers using sign language who will represent different government entities.
It operates via mobile tablets using 4G LTE connectivity thereby enabling citizens with hearing difficulties to communicate directly with experts trained to use the sign language from their own mobile devices and receive vital information and services.
The demonstration was aimed at showing how the service can connect trained volunteers via mobile phones to Cisco video phones hosted by government entities.
Hilal O Al-Siyabi, international relations and media manager at the TRA, said: “This is yet another great example of how the Sultanate is fully embracing and utilising the power of technology to enhance the daily lives of our citizens and in particular those with disabilities.
“It is our duty to ensure that all Omani Citizens have equal access to information and services and Cisco’s innovative video conferencing solutions will help us achieve this.”
Iyad Alchammat, general manager at Cisco Oman, said: “We are indeed honoured to have been selected by TRA to deliver a collaborative solution that will help to provide Omani Citizens with hearing difficulties with better access to government information and services.
“This is in line our strategy to embrace and leverage the phenomenal opportunities to be created by the Internet of Everything (IoE) which is already enabling new connections between people, processes, data and things whilst also creating quantifiable benefits for citizens. Our video conferencing solutions are built and developed on open standards and therefore have the flexibility to be used across all service sectors. In the Middle East region, we have started with public services but aim to roll-out the solution to be used in customer services for banking, education and health care.” - TradeArabia News Service