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Havelock One Interiors launches Covid Defender – an AI-enabled Digital Concierge for Safer Spaces

One of the leading regional interior contracting and manufacturing companies has teamed up with digital transformation specialist Admira to leverage the power of Tizen/SSSP (Samsung SMART Signage Platform) in providing an innovative interactive display solution to control and manage access to closed environments.

Dubai, UAE; 6th September 2020: In a post-Covid world, it is important to keep customers, guests, visitors and staff as safe as possible. To tackle this challenge, Havelock One, Admira and Samsung have partnered up to develop Covid Defender. The sleek digital display unit incorporates AI and IoT technology to ensure compliance with recommended Covid-19 safety measures.

Covid Defender offers basic and optional features such as mask and temperature detection, capacity and appointment management, as well as social distancing control. An integrated touchless hydro-alcoholic gel dispenser and the provision of additional PPE, like masks and gloves, further enables safer access to shops, restaurants, clinics and offices, for example.

The standard unit is available in metal or Corian and comes with a 32” Samsung screen (1080x1920 px) and a thermal camera. Providing a SaaS (software as a service) platform, real-time data and display content can be easily managed from one proprietary app.

“Having decades of experience, working for clients in hospitality, retail, commercial and entertainment sectors, we have a great understanding of the needs around reception desks and welcome counters,” says Mark Waters, Division Director – Retail Manufacturing at Havelock One. “Collaborating with the Spanish technology company, Admira, and Samsung Display Solutions has allowed us to integrate their AI and digital display know-how and technology with our regional fit-out and manufacturing expertise.”  

Depending on the size, material and integrated features, the list price of a single unit varies between EUR 2916 and EUR 5233. For bulk orders, discounts are available and further customisation like branding can be discussed, as the units are manufactured and assembled in Havelock One’s factory in Askar, Bahrain. Admira’s software licence comes at EUR 35 per month and a subscription of remote support and monitoring services costs EUR 25 per month.

Syed Kashif Akhtar, Group Managing Director of Havelock One, adds: “For now, the challenge is Covid-19. However, in the future, digital interfaces will play a stronger role in welcoming and onboarding customers and clients. We truly believe, that QR codes, NFC tags and interactive displays are here to stay. Therefore, investing into solutions like Covid Defender, makes our and our clients’ business more future proof,” Akhtar continues.

For more information about Covid Defender, please visit or send an email to covid.defender(@)

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About Havelock One Interiors:
Since 1998, Havelock One Interiors has established itself as a leading turnkey fit-out service provider in the Middle East. We specialise in interior contracting and the manufacturing of bespoke joinery, metal works and elaborate shop-fittings. Being driven by the aspiration to deliver exceptional quality through the power of thoughtful precision, Havelock One supports its sophisticated clients with dedication and care. We deliver high-end services and products for hospitality, F&B, retail, commercial, government, entertainment and selected residential projects. Havelock One. Consider it done.

About Admira:
Admira is a digital transformation specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the development of interactive solutions, integrating PaaS/SaaS, IoT and AI technologies into its latest offerings. The Spanish digitalisation company is headquartered in Barcelona and more than 250 clients across more than 50 countries, helping them to display their messages across 40,000+ screens. Combining their core capabilities, display solutions managed via proprietary software and AI, Admira has developed Covid Defender, a simple and powerful 360º solution for information, communication and advertising needs, guaranteeing the protection of your business.

About SSSP Samsung SMART Signage Platform:

SSSP is an all-in-one digital signage platform powered by Tizen. This fully integrated programme allows partners to leverage a developer-friendly platform, which is high compatibility with HTML5 and ECMAScript 6 and three-layer secured protection. SSSP also offers features that give new ways for partners to craft their own solutions. In addition, content can be streamed directly from the cloud server to the screen over an internet connection.

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