Smart Mosques are any mosques which employ Muslim Technology (modern ICT technologies enabling them to interact with users in a way that enhances their understanding and improves their prayer experience e.g., projection and simultaneous translation of live prayers and Friday sermons into multiple languages, online mosque information services and access to Islamic education).
The availability of MuslimTech has allowed Mosques to transform even further, Eco-Friendly Mosques. Mosques has integrated smart technologies to resolve practical issues to improve their efficiency, effectiveness, sustained operation and maintenance (e.g., automatic lighting, temperature and water control systems to prevent wastage, automatic security locking systems, centralized mosque management systems).
Eco-friendly technology: More power efficient and automated climate control (temperature, lighting, natural,fan ventilation and cooling, scent control, smart utility meter systems) to improve comfort.
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning on developing 90,000 eco-friendly mosques. Smart Mosques in the UAE and Singapore already contain eco-technology capabilities.
QR coded mosques enables information about mosques to be read
by smartphone cameras. A notable example is Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Mosque, which uses QR Code technology to enable two-way interaction with mosque users.
TVs and projection screens: Enables display of Friday sermons across multiple sections of the mosque, inside and outside. Smart Mosques in Singapore use multi-screen PowerPoint presentations to project Friday sermons and mosque activities.
IT infrastructure: Includes modems, satellite links (for super high speed internet and broadcast links), PCs, smart touch screens, fixed fiber optic lines, sensors. This supporting technology is essential in Smart Mosque development as it represents the first step in a Smart Mosque upgrade/facility. This supports many services such as internet connectivity, information services, and mosque networks. Design, supply and installation of ICT equipment for mosques including fixed fiber optic lines (for ultra-high speed internet), PCs, touch screens, digital notice boards and displays.
Camera technology: Facilitates live feeds, online streaming and sharing of photos, virtual tours. After sound systems, this is the most common supporting technology included in most main mosques for security reasons
(e.g., Masjid Al Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia).
Translation systems: For simultaneous translation of prayers and Friday sermons.
Sound systems: For noise and volume control (acoustics) as well as multiple channels for different languages. With camera technology, this is the most common supporting technology included in most main mosques to hear the
Imam more clearly and also to perform the Adhan (i.e., call to prayer) more effectively.
Smart cards: For ID and membership services (e.g., electronic transactions, credits). Mosques from the “Masjid Pintar” project provide a smart card to worshippers, which acts as an ID, payment, remittance, insurance, microfinance for Islamic banking and financial services. Each mosque as part of this project is to be equipped with satellite connection, BPL modems and PCs.The project sponsors are reportedly looking to expand this project to China, with an interest reported in US and Europe.