The Ministry of Interior will take part in the events of the GITEX Technology Week 2012, which kicks off on Sunday, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. During its 12th participation at the Exhibition, the Ministry will unveil the new generations of modern electronic techniques, as well as several initiatives and electronic services provided to the public.
Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations in Abu Dhabi Police, indicated that, upon the directives of Lt. General H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, this year’s participation includes contribution from all organizational units, categorized by their respective area of contribution to the strategic priorities of the Ministry. Major General Al Raisi added that major stands were designed to represent the strategic priorities and their supporting systems.
Major General Al Raisi added that the Ministry's participation in the Exhibition allows visitors access to the latest e-services, and sheds light on the latest projects in Global Geographic Information Systems which will be at the forefront regionally in the field of security and safety.
He mentioned that the exhibition represents a real opportunity for the Ministry to acquaint community members and visitors with the sizeable qualitative progress and the distinguished services achieved by the Ministry via the various forms of digital communication.
For his part, Brigadier General Ismail Al Serkal, Deputy Director General of Central Operations in Abu Dhabi Police, noted that the exhibition is a good opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Information Technology, pointing out that the Ministry of the Interior will showcase, through its General Departments, several projects and new electronic services, provided to the public.
Brigadier General Al Serkal said that the Ministry has been keen to provide innovative e-services annually, through the participation of a number of its General Departments and Directorates in the Exhibition’s events. He also pointed out to the strategic objectives behind the Ministry of Interior’s wide participation and permanent presence at the exhibition, so as to promote the various e-services provided to the public, as well as spreading awareness among community members and businesses, on the importance of benefitting from these services.
Electronic accidents sketching
With respect to traffic, Brigadier Engineer Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, Director of the Traffic and Patrol Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, and Chairman of the SAAED organization to Reduce Traffic Accidents, emphasized that the exhibition is an opportunity to acquaint the public with the new projects, systems and technical solutions used in the field of traffic safety. For instance, the Traffic Control System related to electronic accidents sketching as well as database storage that optimizes efficiency and accessibility.
Al Harthi continued that other Traffic Control Systems will be displayed such as the radar "sniper" as well as monitoring systems for red light crossings, and other systems. He also noted that members of the public will be acquainted with the Smart Traffic Systems Center, which includes tracking systems, the patrols distribution and Traffic diversions safety management system, the traffic accidents analysis system, and the smart traffic awareness system.
Moreover, Al Harthi stated that SAEED’s participation in this year’s session of the GITEX Technology Week exhibition, adds to the organizations sophisticated and unique systems, and enables SAEED to engage in important global markets; pointing out that the public will be acquainted with the Federal Vehicles Gate and the Smart Patrol Systems.
Concluding, Al Harthi emphasized that the SAEED welcomes all cooperation initiatives with all government and private entities across local, regional and international levels.
For his part, Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate, stated that the Directorate will present, at the GITEX Exhibition, the Prevention and Safety electronic system, which keeps pace with the modern technological developments. Colonel Mohammed Al Nuaimi further added, the system reflects trends towards: implementing the concepts of e-government and performance development; provision of quality services; automation of transactions and procedures in order to shift to an electronic business environment and paper-free work environment; a unified database containing all licensing procedures of prevention and safety.
Colonel Al Nuaimi pointed out that there are several procedures covered by the system, such as: safety and security procedures for facilities; procedures for approving engineering plans; procedures to complete buildings; safety and security procedures for the transfer of hazardous materials, and safety procedures for temporary buildings.
He added that this system involves many privileges, including a unified database for all prevention and safety procedures, correlation of procedure, requiring customers to complete all procedures leading up to a specific action, and electronic signature on certificates and licenses.
Information and Communication Technology
Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Al Zaabi, Deputy Director of Information Technology and Telecommunications Department at Abu Dhabi Police, stated that participating at the GITEX Technology Week 2012 is larger than at any other time, and is in line with the police leadership’s strategy to effectively communicate with the public and the various community institutions.
He added: “we have been able, through our participation in the past years in the exhibition, to showcase our technical services and products, as well as the solutions and services used, including some security systems and other surveillance systems”.
Colonel Al Zaabi noted that the electronic services provided by the Ministry of Interior, are numerous and vary depending on the various entities. Such services include the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters’ website, the electronic services’ portal, which constitutes the main gateway for e-services provided to the public.
Moreover, Al Zaabi stated that the new version of the ADP General Headquarters’ website keeps pace with the technical developments in the field of electronic publishing and is consistent with the provision of distinguished, efficient and sophisticated services to the public in various fields.
He explained that the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, would also showcase a number of initiatives that will be reviewed by the visitors, such as the Abu Dhabi Police services application for smart phones. This application includes software that can be loaded on Apple iPhones and iPads. The application also enables special services to be provided by Abu Dhabi Police such as: providing a method to pay traffic fines; enabling the checking of records; and enabling inquiries about registered vehicles and seized license plates. Members of the public will also be able to send their opinions and proposals via the system, which was designed to be a gateway for police services using smart phones.
Police schools will also be participating in the exhibition. Colonel Waleed Al Shamsi, Director of Abu Dhabi Police schools, noted that visitors of the Ministry of Interior’s stand at the GITEX exhibition will be able to electronically view the Abu Dhabi Police schools’ system, which includes two sections: the student e-management system and the electronic music library; pointing out that this system contains the largest database between colleges and schools, enabling administrative procedures, as well as various follow-up and evaluation stages for courses participants, through the student e-management system.
Colonel Al Shamsi added: “As for the electronic music library project, music instrumentals are stored as per the latest electronic programs in the field of music; thus allowing archiving, retrieval and listening to music as well as printing music sheets. The system includes local and Arabic instrumentals, as well as military marches and national anthems of more than 100 countries”.
For his part, Colonel Jamal Juma Habash, Director of Security Inspection Directorate at the Security and Ports Affairs Directorate in Abu Dhabi Police, announced that that the police’s stand will also acquaint visitors with a digital camera used in rescue and search of victims in confined and narrow spaces like collapsed structures.
He pointed out that, using a remote mobile screen working wirelessly with the camera installed on the back of a police dog, the camera enables the police dog trainer to follow the dogs movements and get images and videos that help zeroing in on trapped victims in confined spaces and tunnels, thus enabling swift rescue action, to save trapped victims. This system was developed in collaboration with the GIS Security Center, to pinpoint the search location with extreme precision.
Abu Dhabi Police’s Security and Ports Affairs Department will present, through its participation at the GITEX Technology Week, the latest advanced modern equipment to process crime scenes. Lt. Colonel Salem Al Dire, Director of the Crime Scene Department in Abu Dhabi Police, noted that the Department will be displaying at its stand the "SICAR" system, for shoe prints identification, which was developed to also identify vehicle tires.
The AFAX program, which is a digital data recording system, will help the system to register and process all crime scene recordings made by crime scene investigation units.
Lt. Colonel Matar Kharbash Al Saadi, Director of Electronics and Telecommunications Services Department, at the office of the Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs, stated that the Department, through its participation in the exhibition, will brief the public on the e-Passport, which keeps pace with the latest global technological developments.
He explained that the e-Passport differs from the normal passport, for its high-quality security features, including an electronic chip containing the passport holder’s details and barometric data. The chip has the capability to automatically read specifications for e-passports connected with the unified database, which helps speedy data verification for arriving and departing passengers at airports, ports and land border posts.
Moreover, Lt. Colonel Al Saadi pointed out that the new e-Passport conforms with the international standards in this regard, noting that new security features have been added to enable inspectors to notice directly any attempts to tamper or falsify the passport’s data. It also contains an electronic chip with a high storage capacity, which allows the storage of all text and barometric data for inspection purposes, in order to complete procedures at the nation’s border ports. Lt. Colonel Al Saadi further said, that the chip will allow additional services in the future.
Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Mohammed Al Shammari, Information Security officer, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee in charge of the Ministry of Interior’s participation at the GITEX Technology Week 2012 exhibition, explained that the Information Security team at the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, will be participating for the second time in the exhibition, and will be announcing some new projects, and shows as part of the Information Security seminar program.
Al Shammari declared that electronic awareness competitions will be launched, as well as another competition, which aims to acquaint visitors with the security and legal controls He commended the participation of the General Women's Union and other entities, in supporting the organization of awareness competitions and honoring the winners among participants.
He added: “there will be a draw to determine the winners among participants every day, and winners will receive valuable gifts. There will also be other initiatives, lectures, presentations and shows, some of which aim to empower parents to secure the usage of smart devices, and limit their misuse by children, by briefing them on this service and teaching them how to install the system, as well explaining the steps for smooth usage. All these initiatives will be implemented with the cooperation of an important strategic partner, the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) from the private sector.
GIS Center for security
Major Mohammed Saleh Al Mansouri, Director of the GIS Center for Security, that the Center will be displaying the electronic infrastructure program used to exchange federal security-sensitive geospatial data. Major Al Mansouri pointed out that the program consists of three main projects: a project to equip the GIS data rooms and disaster recovery; a project to establish the infrastructure for federal Geographic Information Systems; and a project for acquisition and installation of software and databases for Geographic Information Security Systems.
Also on display, will be the federal security-sensitive geospatial data, which represents the technological interface for users of digital maps for internal users. The police resources management system using GIS will also be displayed, and constitutes a sophisticated geographical system, allowing a speedy response, and support for resources and field units in their mandated tasks. It also aims to develop and implement four applications to support management and distribution of forces and police resources, as well as providing the possibility of analyzing the situation on site.
Major Mohammed Saleh Al Mansouri pointed out that there will also be a display for the mobile data unit application, for field operations, geographic security analysis for notifications, crimes and traffic accidents. This project aims to implement the crime analysis system, using the GIS systems. The system reviews the available information in the various police systems and databases; includING information and records related to accidents, crimes and notifications, and provide analysis tools for the different police uses; in a safe and reliable manner.
Captain Abdulmutallab Al Hammadi, Head of the Media team at the Organizing Committee for the Ministry of Interior’s pavilion, stated that the Ministry's involvement in the exhibition aims to increase public awareness with the services and systems provided, which will have a positive and effective impact on the community members’ proper use for these services and systems.
For his part, First Lieutenant Mohammed Khamis Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Coordination and follow-up team for the Ministry of Interior’s pavilion, pointed out that this year’s participation is the largest of its kind, with the involvement of several police departments; thus providing a RANGE of stands and existing systems for visitors.