Accredited by the Open Geospatial Consortium
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, February 15th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Security Center at Abu Dhabi has achieved a new accomplishment for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) through the accreditation from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for the ministry’s model in structuring geospatial information for the purposes of law enforcement, public safety, and internal security. The OGC has accredited the ministry’s model as the leading global practice and the principal contributor for police and other public safety-related authorities for their development of smart applications, software, and institutional practices.
The practices utilized by the GIS facilitate the exchange of geographical information and all related metadata on both local and international levels. Representing necessary international requirements, the accreditation supports the efforts made to identify international standards in this field, according to a statement posted on the official website: www.opengeospatial.org.
Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Acting Director General of Electronics and Telecommunications Services, explained that the MoI represented by the GIS has undergone key developmental stages in order to emerge and establish the UAE as leader in setting the standards for open geospatial systems.
He also noted that the center is the first Arab entity to join the Consortium and international coalition. “In 2013, the center hosted strategic and technical meetings for the Open Geospatial Consortium for the first time in the MENA region,” Major General Al Raisi said. “The meetings were held in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center (ADSIC), which encouraged many entities within the UAE and the Gulf region to join the technical committees of the Consortium, leading to increasing the Arab representation.”
“The MoI has become one of the key contributors to the knowledge industry and to the efforts of supporting creativity and innovation within law enforcement and public safety work groups at the Consortium,” he added. He also pointed out that the achievement is the result of the wise leadership and the vision to invest in knowledge and work with internal and external strategic partners to double efforts and to empower human thought to foster sustainable communities.
Major Muhammed Saleh Al Mansouri, Director of Geographic Information Systems Security Center at the Ministry of Interior, said that this achievement supports the efforts made in police work in order to achieve the strategic objectives adopted at the MoI and to realize the UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. These visions aim to serve the approaches of innovation and creativity recently announced in 2015. He also pointed out that following its recognition as one of the best international practices of the Consortium, by adopting the geospatial structure for police and public safety as a reference, authorities will benefit from the model in efforts related to decision-making, research, and development of police and public safety centers worldwide.
He also pointed out that the accreditation is a direct result of the efforts made over many years of design work by the Federal Geographical Security Database at the MoI. Through the collaborative efforts of employees from different organizational units of the ministry and international experts, the GIS serves as a standard of reference for design and development.
“The GIS has been conducting laboratory tests in the United States to ensure both the compliance and the successful application in the exchange of geographical and security information as per the best international standards. Passing through various stages of the international coalition, it has made several amendments following the recommendations and votes from members of the OGC, who represent different regions of the world,” Major Al Mansouri said.
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