QGroup announces appointment of RCS as a distributor in the Middle East

18th June 2012, Frankfurt and Muscat. QGroup announces the appointment of a new distributor in the Middle East

QGroup GmbH is announcing today that it has signed a partnership with Riyam Computer Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the OMZEST Group, to distribute the QTrust family of high security products for secure remote access and secure data communications, including its flagship QTrust 2go authentication solutions.

RCS will support QGroup’s international presence as value added reseller and add the QTrust line of products to its expanding portfolio of IT services and solutions offered to new and existing clients.  Having used QTrust solutions successfully internally in the last years, this partnership is the logical next step for RCS to share these high security solutions with its customers. In addition to QGroup’s powerful Trusted Operating System based QTrust Server and QTrust 2go Life 3-factor remote secure access solution with fingerprint on a secure token, RCS and its customers will benefit from the recent introduction of the newest member of the QTrust 2go family, Smart. This business authentication solution provides a facial scan via smartphone as a third factor, and has already caused a sensation at this year’s CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

By expanding its international market coverage and product portfolio at a time security breaches are increasing both internally and from the outside, QGroup is building on a momentum to replace legacy intrinsically weak security approaches by a new paradigm based on strong physical authentication, highly secure data centers, and trusted operating system security. “With RCS, we now have a strong and competent partner that already understands the benefits of IT Security 2.0 and shares the goals of building end to end IT services that include security at its core”, says Andrew Jones, Global Managing Director, QGroup.

About RCS

Riyam Computer Services LLC (RCS) is a leading software house in the Sultanate of Oman. RCS belongs to OMZEST Group, one of Oman’s premier and most diversified business groups having interests in  manufacturing, services, telecommunication, information technology, banking and finance, education, trading and agency representation. RCS has built a strong track record of providing professional IT services to both private and government sectors.

About QGroup

Founded in 1993, QGroup provides a predictable framework for trusted use of information and communication technology. For nearly 20 years, QGroup has established itself as a manufacturer of reliable solutions in IT security. Under the name QTrust, the company sells products to ensure maximum data protection and ease of use. QGroup is a member of the IT security association TeleTrusT Germany with high-security conscious clients.


Waljat Colleges of Applied Science Launches Out Reach Programme

12th June, 2012. Shinichi Yamanaka, Counsellor, and Katsuya Tamaki, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan visited Waljat College of Applied Sciences (WCAS) on May 26 under the auspices of the newly launched College Out Reach Programme (CORP).

The programme aims to provide a forum to students to share their concern for society, provide information and knowledge about vital issues of health, safety and environment protection to others, organise visits to other institutions and colleges for purpose of mutual benefit and invite experts to understand opportunities for higher studies and research.


Yamanaka shared his views on different areas including initiating relationship between the college and different Universities in Japan.
He informed about different programmes offered by the 765 Japanese Universities and its link and application time frame.
He brought to the notice of the audience that at present 1,48,000 students from different nationalities are studying in Japan in different Universities and this number would cross 300,000 by the year 2020.
Yamanaka spoke about the Japanese Scholarship programmme for postgraduate studies and two assured seats for Omani students.
The lecture was followed by Question and Answer session.
The Japanese counsellor explained the development of Japan as a technologically advanced nation, since opening up to the rest of the world.
He also informed that 1,48,000 students from different nationalities are presently studying in Japan at different Universities and this number is expected to cross 300,000 by 2020.
The premier Universities of Japan offer great research opportunities to bright and aspiring students and offer attractive scholarships.
The research student scholarship is approximately RO 680 per month and a free air ticket is given to selected students by the Government of Japan. This year the last date of applying to various universities is June 2.
The lecture was followed by question and answer session and thereafter a brief visit to the college facilities was organised.
The visiting officials had a meeting with Dr Mohan Varma, Dean WCAS and discussed the matters of mutual interest. Dr G P Mishra, Associate Professor in the Department of Management received the guests and proposed the vote of thanks.

Zawawi Trading Company qualifies 10 young Omanis for global careers with Mercedes-Benz

12th June, 2012. Muscat. Zawawi Trading Company (ZTC), the exclusive distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Oman, has successfully trained and qualified 10 young Omani men to become certified Maintenance Technicians for the luxury German automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

The newly certified Omani Maintenance Technicians have been educated to Mercedes-Benz global standards, qualifying them for jobs anywhere in the world, and immediately earning permanent positions with the Zawawi Mercedes-Benz after-sales department in Oman. With the youngest trainee starting the ZTC course at just 17 years, the average age of the graduates – who hail from across the Sultanate – is just 21 years.

Undergoing intensive training in the ZTC Learning Centre, the graduates underwent demanding English courses for six months at the Gulf Institute, before commencing a rigorous six month Mechanical Curriculum conducted under Mercedes-Benz’ tutelage at ZTC. A further 12 months was then spent undergoing On the Job Training (OJT) at Zawawi Mercedes-Benz before finally qualifying as certified Maintenance Technicians.Craig Hardie, CEO – Automotive, Zawawi Trading Company, said, “ZTC actively supports the growth and development of a highly qualified Omani workforce. With plans for new programmes underway, we will continue to nurture capable young Omanis as we further expand our business from So-har to Salalah.”With positions in the Passenger Car and Commercial Vehicle divisions of ZTC, the young Omanis are now responsible for the routine maintenance, periodic maintenance, mechanical and electrical work of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Oman. Career progression is one of the core philosophies of ZTC, providing the globally qualified technicians further in-house training at Zawawi Mercedes-Benz, as well as at the regional Training Centre in Dubai to progress their careers to the next level of Systems Technicians.

Overwhelming response to Zawawi Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles

12th June, 2012, Muscat.

Zawawi Mercedes-Benz’ inaugural attendance at the Oil and Gas West Asia 2012 Exhibition and Conference (OGWA) held recently was overwhelming. Four tough new commercial vehicles were launched on the occasion and attended initial customer enquiries for both its Western Star truck, dubbed the ‘behemoth of the US oil industry’, and Freightliner.

The exclusive distributor for Mercedes-Benz in the Sultanate is now conducting an intensive post show customer follow up to further ensures awareness of ZTC’s new and existing products and services. The follow-up programme will also furnish potentially interested companies with the opportunity to discuss specific requirements for tailored heavy vehicle solutions.
ZTC used the show to promote ZTC and the Daimler Brands’ excellent transport logistic solutions to a significant oil and gas industry community in Oman. The Unimog and Zetros range of all wheel drive trucks were also introduced at OGWA by ZTC. Borne out of the exacting standards of military requirements, the vehicles’ superb pedigree for the tough environments offered by Oman’s rugged terrain garnered strong interest from delegates. The Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter vans, as well as the evergreen Actros truck were also showcased.
Commenting on ZTC’s inaugural attendance as an OGWA exhibitor, Craig Hardie, CEO–Automotive said: “Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles have a long and proud history in the Middle East as well as in Oman. Trucks such as the iconic Actros have helped build nations by providing reliable, dependable, heavy vehicle transport solutions for the development of infrastructure and industry in emerging markets.
The OGWA show was a natural choice for ZTC to showcase the proven track record of our current and future range of resilient commercial vehicles, allowing us to connect with new and existing customers in a purposeful environment.”

Launched in 1998 and with its 8th edition now complete, OGWA 2012 is a three-day bi-annual event receiving support from the Ministry of Oil & Gas, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Oman LNG, and other leading local companies. It was held from April 16 to 18, 2012 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre.

Waleed Associates Launches System Integrations Centre

12th June, 2012, Muscat.

Mohammed bin Abdullah al Mahrouqi – Chairman of PAEW, inaugurated Waleed Associates Systems Integration Centre (SIC) at Wadi Al Kabir. In attendance were Syed Mohammed Aumir — General Manager (Industry Division) Siemens Lower Gulf Region, Dubai, Markus Strohmeier — CEO of Siemens LLC, Oman, Andreas Siemes — CEO of Mocotech GmbH, Germany, senior officials from Siemens Dubai and Oman, representatives from government authorities, consultants, companies dealing in water, wastewater, and Oil & Gas market segments.

Waleed Associates LLC (an Omar Zawawi Group Company), Siemens JV Partner in Oman and Siemens Automation Solution Partner took a major stride forward to reinforce its position in the Sultanate as a local Systems Integrator for Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Variable Frequency Drives with the inauguration of the Systems Integration Centre.
The Systems Integration Centre creates a unique proposition whereby the complete project cycle is executed locally including design, engineering, assembly, comprehensive testing, commissioning, customer & staff training and warranty support.
Syed Mohammed Aumir of Siemens recognised the commitment and investment made by Waleed Associates. He added that Siemens has recently awarded certificates to Waleed Associates as Solution Partner Automation & as Solution Partner Drives. He added that the Systems Integration Centre and Waleed Associates role as a Systems Integrator is fully backed by Siemens in terms of technical product support and quality.
Markus Strohmeier highlighted the importance of JV partnership between Siemens and Waleed Associates and the role of this facility in terms of achieving the Siemens goal of coming closer to its customers.
Andreas Siemes highlighted the sound relationship between Waleed Associates and Mocotech GmbH and appreciated the efforts taken by Waleed Associates in establishing such a modern facility to serve its customers. Mocotech is a manufacturer of Medium Voltage Soft Starters and Auto Transformer Starters.
Waleed Associates has been active as a Systems Integrator for more than a decade. Over the years, it has continuously invested in human resources and equipment to improve local value addition and services to its customers.
Today it enjoys a wide network of satisfied customers based in all market segments namely Water, Waste Water, Utilities, Power, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Infrastructure, Hospitality as well as Manufacturing Industries. Apart from Systems Integration, the Automation & Drives department at Waleed Associates, also promotes supply of Siemens Motors, Siemens LV Switchgear, Mocotech MV Soft Starters, Hawke Cable Glands & Chalmit EX Light Fittings.

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