Optilan Group Acquires Telinstra as part of Strategic Growth into Middle East

June 2018, Optilan Group (“Optilan”), has acquired Telinstra FZCO, (“Telinstra”), the UAE based Automation, Instrumentation and Electrical Systems Integration company. As part of the strategic plan developed post acquisition by private equity specialists Blue Water Energy back in April 2017, Optilan has been focused on increasing its market share in the Middle East and the acquisition of Telinstra highlights the company’s commitment to its outlined growth strategy for the region.

The combined business will immediately have significant benefits as Optilan will now be able to provide complete system integration services and have a broader footprint of service locations to cater to the demands of its customers in the Middle East region & India.

Founded in 1990, Optilan is a leading Telecom & Security System Integrator based in the UK (Coventry). The company provides advanced systems and solutions within the Oil & Gas, Critical National Infrastructure, Transport, Telecommunication Networks and Utilities sectors to customers around the world. Optilan has over 200 people employed in various roles and capacities globally and has an established presence in Russia, Azerbaijan, India, the Middle East (Dubai) and Turkey.

Telinstra is an Automation and Electrical System Integrator company formed in year 2012 in Dubai, UAE, offering turnkey Automation, Control, Instrumentation and Electrical Solutions for the various industrial sectors in the Middle East market and India.

Richard Buckland, the CEO of Optilan, commented “For a while we have been looking for an efficient way to provide many of our global customers with a broader range of services and expertise. By having the Telinstra team on board, we expand our existing services of providing some of the most technically advanced security monitoring systems for pipelines, refining facilities and other energy related infrastructure assets, to also providing turnkey solution in the field of automation, electrical and instrumentation solutions.”

Buckland added “As many of our customers are global operators in the energy market, having a UAE base for Optilan is a significant benefit to them with quicker access to latest technologies than ever before”.

“Our joint regional operations will be headed by Ajay Menon, currently Telinstra’s CEO, who together with his team will be instrumental to the group’s future growth plans across the Middle East and India.”

Menon said “Having a dedicated and strong engineering team, Telinstra have proven to be one of the leading suppliers of Automation & Electrical Systems and Solutions for its clients in the Middle East. With its in house capabilities, Telinstra takes up turnkey engineering, design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of such systems. As part of our growth strategy we are looking forward to being part of the Optilan Group, developing and innovating our core competencies in servicing our customers and continuing to provide advanced integrated solutions.”

The combined business now employs over 300 people globally.

Contact Information: Andre Ishac, Marketing Director, Optilan Group.
Mob: +971551000705, email: aishac@optilan.com. Website: www.optilan.com

Telinstra Participated in 2nd ISA UAE Automation conference & Exhibition 2017


Oil and gas leaders from across the UAE converged at the St. Regis Nation Tower, Corniche, Abu Dhabi on the 16th and 17th May 2017 for the 2nd ISA (International Society of Automation) UAE Automation Conference and Exhibition. The forum was used to extensively discuss automation and digitization enabled efficiency and growth opportunities for the country’s process industries.
The conference provided an important platform for automation professionals, leading OEM’s and service providers to explore new strategies and solutions and showcase the latest products and most recent technical innovation in this area.
This event as officially supported by ADNOC & the Keynote Speech was given by Qasem Kayoumi-Manager Technology Centre.
Telinstra participated as one of the strategic exhibitor in this conference and exhibition.

Energy Efficient Solutions by Telinstra

Energy Efficient Solutions


Save up to 30% of your energy across the electricity and gas distribution systems through our state-of-the-art automation solutions and real-time information management systems. Our energy management services make buildings, homes, companies, renewable energy sources and electric vehicles efficient and smartly connected to the grid. And our demand-response capabilities help balance supply and demand across the network.

Reducing and managing energy consumption saves money, and at the same time helps in checking climate change and strengthen corporate reputation. The main aim of an energy management system is to maintain optimum energy utilization throughout the organisation. This helps in lowering energy costs and mitigating the effects on the environment.

An energy management system helps curtail energy usage, lower energy bills, and optimize customer and employee comfort through advanced scheduling, controlling and monitoring of HVAC and lighting consumption.

Telinstra, along with Smart 4 Power, have come together for providing energy efficient solutions to its clients in the region. Telinstra specializes in the turnkey implementation of automation, control, instrumentation and intelligent electrical solutions for its various clients in the regions and Smart4power is an ESCO company specializing in engineering and consulting and providing specialized energy efficiency solutions for existing assets and facilities.

collSmart4power, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates since 2012, have so far conducted 110+ energy audits, 40+ Energy performance contracts resulting in more than 14.5+ Million AED in savings for customers across all industry sectors. This has helped reduce carbon emission by 18,000 Tons. Smart4power is one of the first independent Energy Auditor and ESCO company accredited by the Regulatory & Supervisory Bureau (RSB).

Telinstra, a specialized system integration company has executed more than 100 projects since its inception in 2012 in the automation, control, instrumentation and electrical domain for several of the local government end users and contractors in the Oil & Gas, Water, Waste Water, District cooling and utilities sector.

Smart4power has teamed up with Telinstra as its preferred turn-key partner for implementing the solutions which are designed and proposed by Smart4power as part of their energy optimization and conservation advisory services. Telinstra intends to carry out all the high end high end retrofit solutions focusing on HVAC, Lighting and Water conservation.

Application: Asset Optimization through Automation


The combination of HVAC and lighting contribute to over 70% of energy used in many buildings and similar assets. Building implementation, from design to commissioning, should be carried out in a way that achieves optimum energy saving results.

How can a customer manage energy more efficiently?

Integrated building management solutions are based on open, scalable systems that allow monitoring and control of all building systems including HVAC, lighting, access control, security and other special systems. Complete building solutions offer significant operation & maintenance benefits during the life cycle of a building. Coordinated behavior across multiple systems can provide savings range from 15% to 30% of energy costs.

Building Automation and Control Systems contribute to equipment availability and energy savings as they can control all building functions:

– Mechanical and electrical equipment for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, shutters/blinds, power distribution, etc.

–   Access control, CCTV, etc. for security.

Engineering services enable customers to get the best energy performance from Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) throughout their entire life cycle. This drives customers to get the best possible energy ratings for their buildings.

Operational Services: On site support and alarm handling to assure the very best efficiency in building operations.

Maintenance Services: Keep the value of a building at a strategic level via regular adjustment and optimization of systems. Regular maintenance and exchange of spare parts according to planned maintenance schedules.

Consulting Services: A range of consulting services, from training to energy and indoor climate audits as well as analysis and documentation of a building’s status.

Smart Cities and the Enthusiasm for Technological Advancement

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Embracing Smart City Innovation

smart-cities-cloudIn research studies from IHS and Frost & Sullivan, it’s suggested that by 2025 approximately half of the world’s smart cities will be located outside of America and Europe, the advantaged territories that currently boast the highest concentration. Already well on its way, the Middle East has been the development of its own smart cities as Tel Aviv delivers personalized city services to its citizens through its data analytics program Digi-tel, and Dubai aims to be the world’s smartest city by 2017.

Smart Cities a Necessity in the Middle East

By 2050, it’s expected that populations in the Middle East will double and urbanization rates may reach 70%. With Gulf countries already urbanized above 80%, infrastructure congestion is problematic, and governments are looking for ways to better manage transport, water, and energy service use. Smart cities, therefore, provide an attraction both through the enthusiasm for technological advancement as well as the possibilities for better urban management. Already the World Expo and World Cup to be held in 2020 and 2022 respectively are motivating hosts UAE and Qatar to advance their cities’ developments, though the risk of rushed tasks could mean inadequate Big Data implementations.

Developing Smart City Solutions

D3r. Elie Chachoua, tackling the logistics of smart cities with the World Economic Forum, considers the issue of who will be developing smart city solutions a subject worth addressing. Early on in the transformation, partnerships with infrastructure providers help governments access the services needed, but as the space becomes more competitive, partnerships with international vendors will likely drive developments. By 2025, it’s forecast that the smart city sector will see investments of up to $175 billion and we’ll have the likes of Cisco, a traditional cloud and IT infrastructure provider, as well as telecom companies such as Huawei and infrastructure providers like GE competing in the market. Suggests Chachoua, “For cities interested in becoming smart, such partnerships with international vendors can be a good way to build on international best practices while benchmarking performance against other cities in which the vendor might be working too.”

Big Data & Accessibility

Open data policies could play a significant role in well-functioning smart cities, and says Mira Marcus, international press director at Tel Aviv Global, “The first thing we did was open our municipal database. Data is the basis for so many start-ups!” In Tel Aviv, collaborations with startups such as Waze are addressing traffic and congestion issues, and a startup accelerator financed by the city is targeting the development of smart city solutions. Another example of such support is the Center of Excellence in Smart, Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Cities at Abu Dhabi University, a $1.6 million initiative in the Abu Dhabi emirate that opened in September last year.

However, José Quádrio Alves, global government director, Future Cities Program Leader at CGI, believes that Middle Eastern countries will have to make their data even more accessible. He explains, “A trend we see in many cities [of other regions] is the move from defining what qualifies as open data to defining what data cannot be open data. The assumption now is that, by default, all data should be opened.” Though many Middle Eastern countries are currently low in the global open data rankings, progress is being made to share and open data between government agencies and third party users, and it’s suggested that in the future open data from the private sector as well as the government will encourage advancement.

Though privacy and security concerns remain, the smart city advances taking place are already benefiting the region and the innovative solutions being implemented continue to drive motivation and transformation.

By Jennifer Klostermann


Telinstra Surges ahead!

Telinstra Surges ahead!
Telinstra on its way to becoming one of the leading system integrators in the regionnews

Telinstra has now become a Rockwell Recognised System Integrator (RcSI). This prestigious certification is provided by Rockwell Automation Inc. only to an elite group of System Integrators in the world and can only be achieved by successfully implementing and leveraging the Technologies provided by Rockwell Automation for various clienteles in the region. Telinstra expects to take this partnership with Rockwell to new levels of deployment and implementation of the latest technology from Rockwell for its various clients in the region.

“Telinstra is also proud to announce that it has now successfully delivered its 100th project in the region. This accomplishment has been achieved in a very short duration of only three (3) years since incorporation. In the three years Telinstra has had the honor of working for various end users in the Oil and Gas, District Cooling and Infrastructure Industries”, said Aditya Raheja, the VP- Operations of Telinstra. “This success can only be attributed to our team’s understanding of our client’s requirement, timely implementation of the projects and successful testing and commissioning at site. This has resulted in telinstra getting repeat orders from the same customers and we hope to continue this in our future endeavors.” said Raheja.

Telinstra has extended its presence in the region with the signing of a partnership agreement for the country of Qatar. “We are now present in Qatar with a dedicated Sales and Projects team and along with our local partner we can now support all automation, control, instrumentation and electrical requirements of clients locally from the Qatar region”, said Raheja.

Another important milestone achieved by Telinstra, is to partner with a United Kingdom based company namely Whorlton Engineering to bring Functional Safety expertise into the region. The services covered include the whole lifecycle from Process Hazard Risk Assessments (PHRA) by HAZOP through Allocation of Safety Functions, development of Safety Requirement Specifications (SRS), to Detailed Design, Installation, Commissioning and Handover all of which is fully compliant to the IEC 61511 lifecycle.


The Internet of Everything: Why the IOT will take over every industry


It’s a big mistake to think that the Internet of Things will only remain relevant with tech industry movers and shakers and early adopters. One glance at the world around you, and you’ll quickly realize that the IoT is well on its way to becoming an everyday aspect of even the most low-tech workplaces.

The IoT is removing mundane busywork from countless blue-collar jobs, enabling businesses, cities, and entire industries to increase services while cutting demands for labor, training, resources, and equipment. In fact, the American Society for Quality surveyed a number of manufacturing companies that have embraced the IoT and uncovered some staggering numbers: Manufacturing efficiency increased by 82 percent, approximately half of the users saw fewer defects, and customer satisfaction swelled by 45 percent.

There’s no denying the fact that IoT applications are effective, but if you aren’t aware of just how widespread they are, you’re probably not prepared to keep up with the many sweeping changes on the horizon.

IoT automation is shaping up to be the future of any and all industries that currently revolve around manual-based labor, especially when it comes to monitoring and assessment.

The Low-Tech IoT in Action

Not long ago, mechanics had to look under the hood of a car to see what needed fixing. Now, all they need is a computer that automatically conducts the diagnostics. Similarly, industries such as home appliance repair, HVAC maintenance, and the following three are positioned to lose their reliance on human-based analysis because of IoT solutions:

Parking: The “dumb” devices we used to know as parking meters have smartened up. Instead of individual meters merely accepting change and outputting a simple timer, parking kiosks can now process credit card transactions, sense when spaces are available, and accept remote payments to extend time. Drivers can even interact with these systems remotely to find open spots. This cuts down on time, traffic, fuel consumption, and, most importantly, frustration.The impact here is bigger than you might guess. A study showed that drivers searching for parking rack up more than 950,000 miles every year in just one district in Los Angeles. The need for parking efficiency is obvious, and only the IoT can deliver such key solutions.

Metering: Self-monitoring “smart” meters in utility markets means millions in savings because of fewer mistakes and less maintenance. But that’s just the beginning; they also allow for optimization. The possibility for high granularity — reports can be collected as often as every 30 minutes — will help utility companies anticipate demand and respond accordingly.

Farming and agriculture: Even though it’s one of the oldest and least technical industries out there, not even farming is immune to IoT development. Farmers are currently using sensors to help increase crop yields, monitor weather patterns, and utilize their human resources with more accuracy. Believe it or not, they’re also tracking herd locations and monitoring hormone levels in livestock to determine ideal calving and milk production schedules.Some of the biggest names in farming and agriculture are already joining the IoT revolution: John Deere wants to transform the tractor into a data control center, and Monsanto is analyzing weather with the help of Google alumni.The data collected through IoT solutions can also enable food producers to offer the label transparency that today’s consumers increasingly demand.
Once again, innumerable man-hours and resources are saved in low-tech industries that embrace IoT applications — and, as a result, profits soar.

In the Future, Everything Is IoT-Oriented

The IoT will continue to develop fruitful collaborations between the high- and low-technology worlds — and anyone who isn’t prepared will be left behind. “Adapt or die,” the old adage, applies here as much as anywhere.

What we’re going to see in the coming years will be unprecedented, but not unpredictable. Processes and operations that weren’t even conceivable a few years ago are going to come to life, take over, and replace low-tech methods with unmatched efficiency.

The coming convergence of high- and low-tech approaches is certain to happen in very disruptive and unpredictable ways. Soon enough, anything that isn’t connected will be as good as dead. The term “high-tech” itself could cease to exist as we watch the most unexpected industries begin to integrate labor-saving tech connectivity to multiply their efficiency.

Your choice is simple: Get ready for the IoT to come to your business, or get ready to go out of business.To provide the best user experience telinstra is launching new website which is mobile and ipad responsive design. We are glad to announce that our new website is launching soon. thank you all. By Telinstra Team.

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EtherCAT Technical Group (ETG) Seminar

seminar_etgTelinstra,Managing Director and President ISA (International Society of Automation), UAE Section delivering the introductory speech at the ‎EtherCAT Technical Group (ETG) seminar in Abu Dhabi on the 26th of January 2016. The session was attended by several end users, consultants and industry professionals and was a one day event at the Radisson Blue, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.It was an excellent opportunity for industry professionalss to learn about EtherCAT and Industrial Ethernet.This seminar was supported by Beckhoff Automation.

About ETG

EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) – the world’s largest Industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus organization with over 3400 member companies from 58 countries brings the EtherCAT technology to you.

Founded in November 2003, it is also the fastest growing fieldbus organization.EtherCAT is an open technology. The EtherCAT Technology Group stands for this approach and ensures that every interested company may implement and use EtherCAT.

At the same time the EtherCAT Technology Group aims to ensure the compatibility of EtherCAT implementations by defining functional requirements, conformance tests as well as certification procedures.ETG’s goal is to ensure that EtherCAT technology meets and exceeds the requirements of the widest possible application range.

In order to accomplish this goal the group combines leading control and application experts from machine builders, system integrators, end users and automation suppliers to provide both qualified feedback about application of the existing technology and proposals for future extensions of the specification.