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Qatar's Public Prosecution Office Cuts File Search Time by 60 Percent

The department's facilities in Doha's West Bay and Al Sadd neighborhoods use passive RFID UHF tags to track more than 100,000 legal files, as well as assets.
By Claire Swedberg

Ali Bin Ali Technology Solutions provides solutions for multinational technology firms in Qatar. ABATS supplied the FileTrail system, integrating FileTrail middleware, while installing Motorola Solutions RFID readers at the QPP's primary complex.

"The installation posed several challenges," says Mohamad AlEbrik, ABATS' chief operating officer. The system needed to provide coverage at main gates, with an alarm unit that could detect if someone tried to remove a case file from the building without authorization, and then sound an alert.

The building has multiple doorways and exits, some in close proximity to each other. ABATS thus needed to install the antennas "in an organized method to prevent overlapping of multiple signals and readings," AlEbrik says. Additionally, the system needed to be able to function without disruptions within the West Bay complex's lobby area, the ceilings of which are approximately 8 meters (26 feet) high.

The QPP's RFID installation began in June 2011 and was taken live in November of that year, with a limited number of RFID readers installed at the exits and entrances for all buildings within its office complex. The department then entered a second phase to cover the entire West Bay facility, including all of its rooms, in September 2012.

Altogether, ABATS installed about 125 Motorola FX7400 fixed readers with 375 antennas, covering not only the exits and entrances, but also elevators and all rooms throughout QPP's West Bay main office complex, to provide the department with visibility regarding which room a particular file had entered or left. In almost every case, the readers were installed in the ceiling, connected via a Power over Ethernet (POE) cable. ABATS initially provided the QPP with 80,000 tags for tracking case files, as well as 7,400 for monitoring assets.

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