DOAV – Trailblazing Professional Audio-Visual Systems Integrator
Founded in 2010, DOAV introduced game-changing services to the Maldives, such as systems design, installation, and service contracts.
The trailblazing company also trained and developed multi-skilled individuals such as 3D mappers, interface designers, application designers, and systems integrators with the know-how in how in electrical, electronic, networking, audio/video equipment.
“We believe, we led the way to create a solution-oriented technology industry in the Maldives,” says Shiraz, Managing Director of DOAV.
“We were the first to bring together separate systems and devices (audio, video, voice, data, lighting, security, digital signage, building management systems, shades, and HVAC systems) on a single platform so they can communicate and work together intelligently,” he explains.
“We provide the solution that enable clients to monitor, manage and control everything from one platform, anywhere, anytime, using touch screens, remotes and smart devices.”
Shiraz notes that DOAV was the first company to introduce enterprise-level video conferencing systems by building dedicated infrastructure to facilitate smooth, high-resolution video communication in high definition (HD).
“One other industry we revolutionised was the staging and rentals industry,” Shiraz adds.
“Particularly the video applications with the introduction of image wrapping, panoramic projections, 3D mapping and matrix switching. DOAV has even conducted international events such as the Maldives Investment Forum 2014 in Singapore.”
Further, DOAV actively promotes knowledge sharing sessions with government bodies and private organizations, Shiraz notes.
“Annually, we conduct seminars introducing the newest and most applicable technologies for the Maldivian market. These seminars are conducted by DOAV in association with Forbes-listed technology giants.”
The company’s flagship projects include the Vommuli Resort, which would become the first resort in the country where the whole property is controlled by a single interface.
The single interface allows for central management of the building management system, entertainment, and in-room technologies.
“With the lights coming from Italy, switches coming from Germany, curtains coming from India, and air-conditioning systems from Singapore – DOAV sits at the heart facilitating and coordinating communication with all these parties from project start till end, ensuring that all individual equipment are guaranteed to work as a complete system.” says Shiraz.
Other projects DOAV has undertaken include the installation of a centralised ‘Interview Recording System’ for the Maldives Police Service, which facilitates recording and sharing of video of over 100 different rooms in more than 100 islands across the Maldives.
“These cinemas provide guests with over 20-feet large 3D screens and surround audio that brings movies to life, on the beach,” observes Shiraz.
The company’s other projects include the installation of a custom-built video recording system for the Anti-Corruption Commission that is integrated with the commission’s active directory, and the installation of a virtual classroom in Dhaal Kudahuvadhoo with 3D projection systems and video conferencing rooms to enable distant learning.
Shiraz says DOAV’s biggest competitive advantage is its close partnership with leading companies and pioneers in the global technology industry, such as Lifesize (first company to introduce HD video conferencing), IndigoVision (first company to introduce a Network Video Recorder for Surveillance Systems), Kramer Electronics (leaders in Video Signal Management) and Crestron (leaders in Control Systems Automation).
“By closely working with these experts, we are always up-to-date on the latest technological advancements, we receive the best training/development from technology experts and we stay ahead of competition by providing enterprise-level technologies at very competitive pricing,” explains Shiraz.
Of particular usefulness to the hospitality industry are integrated solutions that enable state-of-the-art real estate solutions including centralised control of equipment.
The technology allows remote lighting and shade control, audio/video distribution, room scheduling, and security on a single platform.
With our soluations, the management of an entire property is at the fingertips of the person in charge, who could easily check everything from the number of vacant or occupied rooms to how many light are switched on.
The technology is also eco-friendly, delivering break-through environmental control and significant reduction of energy usage.
“Imagine a tourist, upon entering her villa, opens up the windows to enjoy the view. She doesn’t think to turn off the AC, nor the lights. That would put a lot of pressure on the AC and ergo consume a lot of energy, which can be reduced,” explains Shiraz.
“We can program the system so that if the doors and windows are open, the AC’s don’t turn on. If there is light pouring in through the open windows, the lights inside will be only consuming 20% of energy. These things can be controlled to provide the best energy saving system.”
The multinational companies and international hotel chains that operate most of the high-end luxury resorts in the Maldives have their corporate headquarters all across the globe. Effective communication between corporations and the resorts located in remote islands in the Maldives is therefore of paramount importance.
“But how do we do that?” asks Shiraz. “Sure, a phone call is really convenient way to talk to a person in another part of the world, but not when it comes to business. You can’t share statistics, go over ideas or mull over your problems via a phone call. You need to be able to gauge their reaction to a bit of news and everything like that, which really isn’t all that feasible through phone calls.”
With Lifesize’s video conferencing solutions, constant and costly travelling becomes unnecessary. Lifesize offers high-quality video conferencing for presentations and “face-to-face” staff meetings across continents.
Video conferencing allows corporate businesses to meet new clients, interact with business associates, and maintain essential relationships over vast distances.
DOAV is also the exclusive systems integrator for Indigovision in the Maldives. Indigovision is one of the world’s leading solutions provider in security & surveillance.
Indigovision’s technology eliminates the burden of storage for security footage. The security system programme is renowned for its exceptional resilience. With unique distribution architecture at its foundation, the system is fully scalable and comes with a lower cost of ownership.
In addition to distribution, Indigovision also manufactures both hardware and software.
Indigovision’s “Activity Controlled Frame Rate” feature promises significant savings in terms of storage space, up to 272GB/month. The programme’s board analytics drops the frame rate to 1fps (frame per second) when there is little or no motion, as opposed to the 25fps video capture rate when it detects motion.
The innovative feature reduces storage requirement from the normal 300GB a month to as low as 28GB/month.