At the Marrakech Congress Palace, where the 2nd African Conference on Health Risk Reduction was held, there was a stand where Moroccan technology is being developed in a useful, impressive and, above all, effective way to alleviate, to a certain extent, or help in any type of disaster, either with drones or with telemedicine assistance or with portable healthcare suitcase.
Atalayar had the opportunity to speak with Mohamed Benouda, president of ABA Technology, to talk about the technology produced in Morocco oriented to health service and control to avoid and face natural and health risks.
As the ABA Technology stand at the 2nd African Conference on the Reduction of Health Risks indicated, Moroccan technology at the service and control of health to avoid health risks. What is your assessment of this conference held in Marrakech?
This conference is a very strong sign that Morocco is at the forefront of technology and with a real vision of HM King Mohammed VI, who has managed to quickly mobilise all the efforts of Moroccans, especially the State, to stabilise the situation and show the whole world that Morocco is a sovereign country, sovereign with its industry, sovereign with its health teams, sovereign with its local authority forces and that, moreover, it has shown that in two weeks the situation has stabilised after the earthquake and this congress shows that we are here to show that Marrakech continues with its economic activity and can get back on its feet quickly.
We talked at this conference about reducing health risks. We have talked about food. We have also talked about water, clean and accessible water, but we and your company want to talk about technology. What does your company do? What technology do you have? You have developed a very interesting technology to be able to act in the event of a disaster, a catastrophe.
ABA Technology is a Moroccan company, it is an industrial and technological group. It has a mission to preserve health, the environment and safety. And it fits perfectly into the real vision of industrial and health sovereignty. We make a global integration from the engineering to the delivery of the product with our factories which are in Bouskura. With an engineering team, we are working on three main themes.
The first is health. Regarding health, we carry out local manufacturing of telemedicine solutions and also medical cases with connected consulting devices with all the devices, ultrasound to do the blood pressure monitor, temperature, and so on. It is a branch of ABA Technology which is healthcare and now we have a large product range of connected devices equipment, and we export to Saudi Arabia and the Pacific.
The second branch is Smart City, which manages smart cities, with local manufacturing of smart cameras, air quality sensors, water quality, with drones, to prevent environmental risks and preserve the safety of the population. For example, at COVID we have been very active because we have manufactured thermometers, oximeters, thermal cameras, temperature sensor detectors that we have installed, for example, in more than 4,000 health centres to monitor the cold chain of vaccines. We have installed these sensors in the cold rooms that are in the health centres and it has been shown that we can prevent and we can save vaccines so that they are not lost.
The third way is Industry 4.0, where we are working with many industrial companies in North Africa, but also in Europe, to install vibration sensors for machines, for preventive maintenance; for example, solutions for energy efficiency, for energy monitoring in factories. And all this to increase productivity, resilience and competitiveness, above all, and sustainability in factories. ABA Technology is a Moroccan company that is present in Morocco, Spain, France and China, and exports mainly in three branches. A health branch, an environmental and safety branch and the third branch, which is industry.
Here you are an example of a very modern, developed Morocco which, with its own technology, I understand, is developing its own patents in all this activity.
Recently, in last year's royal speech, HM the King spoke about the new industrial era. In the last 15 or 20 years, Morocco has made a phenomenal development in the automotive industry, in aeronautics, in various sectors, and now with a new economic model based on the new industrial era and that we invest a lot to align ourselves with this royal vision of bringing about this new industrial era for Morocco.
Mr Benouda, what projects does your company have for the coming years?
We don't talk about what we are going to do, we just show what we are doing. As they call it in French, it's not marketing the promise, it's marketing the proof.
What are the functions of some of the drones exhibited on your stand? What do you have in addition to these?
To do spraying, for example, for everything related to plant health. This is very important to reduce the health risks of food, for example. In addition, we have had all the equipment at the disposal of the guests at the conference, for example, cabin, cases, everything that is needed to intervene in the medical effects and to help the population with proximity and humanity.