Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, October 15th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
As part of its participation at GITEX 2014, the Ministry of Interior displayed an array of initiatives, projects and quality systems that are the first of their kind in the region. The ministry also shed the light on the myriad e-services it offers to individuals and institutions in various fields.
During his visit on Wednesday to the Ministry of Interior’s booth at the Exhibition, Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police, underscored the keenness of the ministry to present the best smart and electronic services and acquaint visitors with the most important electronic and technological initiatives and projects. “This endeavor embodies the Federal Government's strategy that supports the imminent transition to smart Government in service delivery,” said Major General Al Raisi.
Adding further, he stressed that Gitex is the world’s most successful prominent event and the largest and most important exhibition in the Middle East. It represents a good opportunity to display the latest and state-of-the-art electronic and technological equipment in various fields. “The ministry was keen to explore cooperation opportunities with the various strategic partners from the federal, local and private sectors, with a view to build additional strategic partnerships to share technical knowledge and expertise and expand the range of innovative smart electronic services,” he continued.
During the visit, Major General Al Raisi was briefed on the services and software provided by the Ministry of Interior to the public and that are displayed at the exhibition. He also toured some of the exhibition’s booths, and examined the latest innovations showcased by other ministries, local departments and major companies that are participating in the exhibition.
Major General Al Raisi noted that the various smart and electronic programs and services offered by the ministry to the public are a key enabler for effective communication and interaction between the police and community members at all times. Moreover, he lauded the efforts of individuals in charge of the ministry’s booth and their role in acquainting visitors with the electronic and technical services used by police, as well as with the various e-projects, e-systems and e-services provided by the ministry. “Gitex was a good opportunity to gain insight into the public’s feedback regarding the services provided by the ministry, as well as their suggestions for improvement,” he continued.
On the same note, he praised the keenness of government sectors to embrace wearable technology as they seek to launch smart services packages. He also commended the achievement made by the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Executive Committee of School Transport, for developing a first-of-its-kind smart bracelet in cooperation with international scientific research centers, to ensure children’s safety during school transport.
It is worth mentioning that a number of officers and non-commissioned officers from the ministry are delivering a set of presentations to visitors, in a bid to raise their awareness about these services and the optimal ways to benefit from them.
Smart Platforms to Serve the Public and MoI’s Customers
At the Gitex Technology Week 2014 that began on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior unveiled its plans to launch a set of smart solutions aimed at develop the services provided by the ministry.
Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Electronics and Telecommunications Services at the Ministry of Interior, stressed that the trial launch of these smart platforms for the Ministry of Interior’s services reflects the ministry’s keenness to open new communication channels with the public, and provide better and easy access to customers, so they can save time and avoid the hassle of going to service centers. This would improve security work via the latest technologies.
Major General Al Raisi said that the smart platforms include devices that stream live with the public via screens to ensure instant assistance from the various Ministry of Interior’s service centers. Members of the public can inquire about the multiple services offered by the various sectors of the ministry such as: Traffic, Drivers and Vehicles Licensing, the Residency and the Foreigners Affairs, Civil Defense, Ports, as well as the Punitive and Correctional Institutions.
In conclusion, Major General Al Raisi indicated that this interactive service will be made available for the public in the upcoming period at public areas, including shopping malls, as well as their preferred location.
Smart Bracelet for Child Protection
The Ministry of Interior is displaying the latest generations of wearable technologies at its booth at GITEX. They include an early prototype of a smart bracelet designed to protect children; especially during their journey back and forth to school. The bracelet is part of the smart services that will be provided to the public and part of the smart advanced systems adopted by the ministry in support of its operations.
Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols Directorate at the Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Executive Committee of School Transport in Abu Dhabi, said that the exhibition provides a real opportunity to acquaint all segments of society as well as visitors to the sizeable qualitative progress achieved by the Ministry of Interior in its efforts towards implementing the national agenda, by encouraging true and intergraded innovation to serve national interests. It also fulfills one of the most sought national goals, which is to make the UAE one of the safest countries in the world; especially for children and family life.
Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi said, “The Executive Committee of School Transport is endeavoring to find smart alternatives to mobile phones, and to present smart systems specifications and requirements for Child Protection System in School Transport. It is also seeking to leverage the existing smart services and those in the process of development, to complement the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior, which recently launched multiple electronic services as part of its quest to improve the services provided to customers.”
Adding further, Brigadier Eng. Al Harithi noted that “In this context, the ministry adopted a creative idea submitted by Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Senior Information Security Officer at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, Head of the Cyber Security Subcommittee at the Ministry of Interior, to develop a ‘smart bracelet’. This project is being carried out in close cooperation with prominent experts from one of the most important international applied research centers in the world. The bracelet was developed according to the highest international standards, as well as the European safety standards, to reflect the ministry’s leading approach in supporting and encouraging creativity.
Lieutenant Colonel Al Shimmari, who first conceived the idea of using the wearable technology “the Smart Bracelet”, said, “Under the directives of H.E Chairman of the Executive Committee of School Transport, and with the cooperation of the concerned partners at the Transport Department; the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Center of Follow up and Control, the Smart Systems Specifications for Children Protection System in School Transport, in the partnership with Saaed. This reflects the importance of concerted mutual efforts to enhance protection of school children by utilizing the latest modern technologies in this field. He pointed that the smart security applications, which will integrate with this project and other similar initiatives, are a crucial part of the UAE’s National Agenda for the next seven years, and serve the ultimate security and policing goals of making one of the safest countries in the world by achieving a total sense of security and safety, and by reducing response time for emergency calls to just four minutes.
Adding further, Lieutenant Colonel Al Shimmari explained that the smart bracelet will represent a smart alternative for mobile phones. It utilizes all the smart features and services available and those that are in the process of development, and complements the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Interior, which recently launched multiple electronic services as part of its quest to improve the services provided to customers. He also noted that the smart bracelet is a unique light weight device compared to similar devices, with all electronic features embedded in a single electronic board.
The smart bracelet also includes a near field communication (NFC) technology, Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, Nano-chip, in addition to a long lasting and efficient battery. The material used in the manufacture of the bracelet will not cause any allergy and is heat resistant. The light weight bracelet has a beautiful design, and is suitable for all genders and age groups.
The MoI also organized several workshops for parents and children to get insight into their needs and uses. He also noted that in order to make this service widely available, the cost of the bracelet will relatively be low compared with other similar devices.
Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Al Shimmari announced that the smart bracelet development process will be completed in the upcoming few months and will be made available for all children in the UAE, as per the directives of the Chairman of the Executive Committee of School Transport.
He also praised the strategic cooperation with Saaed for Traffic Systems, Intermarket Company, and Infinity Bite in the efforts to develop technical studies and analyze institutional technical and architectural requirements, which currently yielded the smart systems specifications and requirements, which will become the key to activate a safe smart system to ensure children safety in school transport.
Smart Self-Service Devices
Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari, Senior Information Security Officer, indicated that the smart self-service device will enable the MoI’s staff members to log their entry and exit through security gates using biometrics readers, cameras, which are directly linked to special applications related to the personnel affairs department.
These devices also provide access permits to allow visitors to enter facilities seamlessly, in addition to strict procedures; they are directly linked to the Security Control Center.
These devices are a part of a comprehensive security system that the MoI is considering to enhance secure access to all the MoI’s buildings, facilities, and information systems, utilizing the latest available technologies.
Major Mohammed Al Zaabi, MoI Services Project manager, explained that the smart platform for the MoI Services Center is a device that enables community members to communicate with the services center and access the services related to all sectors such as Naturalization and Residency Sector, Traffic and Licensing, Civil Defense, and Punitive and Correctional Establishments.
He also noted that the devices provide a sophisticated feature to enable customers to communicate via direct live high quality video and audio streaming with the MoI’s services centers staff. The platform is equipped with passport and ID readers, printer, touch screen, and a documents’ scanner. People can choose to communicate using three different languages.
In conclusion, Major Al Zaabi noted that the services debuted at Gitex have been highly acclaimed by the public, while the MoI’s booth witnessed a significant turnout of visitors wanting to see and try the smart platforms.
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