This year’s Haj will see more than two million Muslims converge in Makkah and its surrounding areas to perform the Haj pilgrimage.
Millions apply from Muslim-majority countries but due to a quota system, not everyone is able to come – the Saudi authorities usually allocate 1,000 places for each million Muslim per country.
The following graphic shows the top 10 countries who have the highest numbers of Haj pilgrims in 2017:
In Malaysia, the quota was increased by 12,000 in 2017 and a total of 42,200 (original quota 30,200) pilgrims was approved for the Haj. It’s also estimated the number of Malaysian Umrah pilgrims will keep on increasing as compared to 240,000 in 2017.
Many whom have performed their pilgrimage either Haj and Umrah will understand the difficulty when thousands or millions of people converge into one place. The challenges faced by the Authorities to manage the well-being of their own pilgrims either for health or safety.
Many are gone missing or will encounter lost a sense of direction when staying in a new place. A big mosque like Masjidilharam with many doors to enter and exit can be a nightmare to many old people or people who rarely travel from their hometown.
During the peak period of Haj when pilgrims travel to Arafat, Mudzalifah, and Mina whereby the men can only wear a white robe, the best and safest way to carry any communication device safely is by wearing only a “watch” rather than a smartphone. Health and security factor is the main concern in a packed area for a couple of days.
FAVORIOT has developed a solution that can help both the Haj/Umrah Travel Agencies or Authorities to monitor and care for the well-being of their pilgrims. The solution comprised of hardware (Raqib) and the software (mobile and desktop application to monitor the pilgrims). Below are the following benefits:
- The ability to monitor the pilgrim whereabouts
- Monitor their health condition (Blood Pressure, ECG, Heart Rate, Activity, and Mood)
- Communicate with the Mutawif directly (or any pre-assigned contact phone numbers) in cases of emergencies or call to the pilgrims
If you are interested to know more and would like to register your interest in this solution which we called “Raqib“, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org