Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) Chief Executive Mr. Mohammed Ali AlQaed made a field visit to the Frequencies and Control Room of the Wireless Licensing, Frequencies and Monitoring Directorate during the Formula 1 race (15th April). Hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the awaited event took place at the Bahrain International Circuit during 14-16 April. The aim of the visit was to check the frequency and control workflow and smoothness throughout the race for both organizers and drivers.
In this regard, AlQaed highlighted authority’s support which has began since the host of the race in Bahrain in 2004 until today. Such support results from iGA’s belief in the importance of organizing such international events which contribute in enhancing the country’s position as a destination on sports, cultural and tourism levels – placing it amongst the countries which provide excellent communication services on the world map of motorsports as well as making it a model to be followed regionally and internationally. The Chief Executive also praised the exceptional and effective role of the directorate in managing and controlling the radio frequencies spectrum so as to contribute in the success of the global event every year.
The directorate prepared a comprehensive technical team of its employees. The team is equipped with the latest monitoring devices and a mobile control station for frequencies spectrum to provide technical support before and during the course of the race in terms of coordinating and allocating frequencies in various spectrums utilized by the participating teams, the international Formula 1 management, media broadcast companies, security teams of the Formula 1 along with the accompanied events through the trials and at the Bahrain Grand prix, events plus accompanied races. Additionally, ensuring that all users are complying with the frequency technical specifications which have been allocated as well as monitoring and surveying spectrums to make certain that they are free from any intrusions. Moreover, resolving any harmful interference issues by conducting field technical measures, monitoring unauthorized utilizations and taking the regulatory actions along with meeting users’ requests to inspect their devices as to verify its proper operation.