(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNADoha: The Ministry of the Interior, represented by the National Command Center (NCC), received the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award from the prestigious American company in the field of Geographic Information System, ESRI, winning over more than 25,000 participants from 136 countries and 336 largest global companies and institutions.
The award was presented on the sidelines of the ESRI Conference held in San Diego, USA and was received by Aref Hassan Ibrahim, Director of Technical Affairs at the National Command Center, and Captain Hassan Ali Al Malki, Head of GIS Division, from Jack Dangermond, CEO of ESRI, US.
Colonel Ali Mohamed Al Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of the NCC, said that the SAG Award is given for companies and organisations that have received the highest rating in a set of criteria set by the Independent Selection Committee. The Ministry of Interior represented by NCC bagged this Special Achievement Award this year.
MOI won the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award from the prestigious American company in the field of Geographic Information System, ESRI, winning over more than 25,000 participants from 136 countries and 336 largest global companies and institutions.
'In 2013 Najm security system of the NCC had received an ‘A' grade rating for the role of the ministry in the using GIS techniques in security systems in an ideal manner to enhance emergency response and reduce the crime rate through spatial analysis and prediction of the expected risk before they occur, Colonel Al Mohannadi said.
'The Ministry of the Interior has provided a model for translating the relationship of security and crime with the science of geographic information systems (GIS), which means the spatial dimension of the event, he added.
Director of Technical Affairs Department at NCC Lieutenant Colonel Arif Hasan Ibrahim said that this award recognises the outstanding achievements and applications in geographic information systems, expressing that this is not the first time that the National Command Center has received such awards.
The system of 'Najm has won the same award in other geographical areas in 2013, and it has achieved the best advanced security system in the Middle East Geospatial Data Forum and Exhibition organised in Doha in 2012.
The ministries, agencies, companies and leading local and regional organisations in the field of communications and information technology in the Middle East had participated in the forum.
The officials of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), represented by the National Command Center, on duty.
Regarding international conference forGIS users (Esri UC), Head of Geographic Systems Technology Section, Capt. Hassan Ali Al Maliki said that the conference that is organised by the Esria US company. It is considered as the largest international event in the world dedicated to GIS technologies. It's held annually during month of July at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA.
'The number of attendees of the conference last year reached more than 25,000 participants from 136 countries and 336 exhibitors from the largest companies and institutions of the world to present the latest technologies, products and solutions in various fields. 314 technical workshops and 37 seminars for users to explain their experiences and successes in using of GIS technologies in their daily tasks in security, environment, health and other fields, were also held he added.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Interior has worked to introduce the science of GIS techniques in the field of security since 2009, and has prepared excellent and specialized national cadres in this field during the past ten years.
The Najm system is one of the most advanced security projects in the ministry. It aims to provide modern technological systems to ensure security through the rapid delivery of information from the Central Operations Department at the National Command Center to the patrols located in different regions of the country, while choosing the most suitable and closest patrol to incident location.
It is one of the most important systems in MOI, where the system connects all the departments of the Ministry of Interior related with security and safety, Lekhwiya, and the ambulance service under one system. This makes it successful in employing these techniques to raise the level of emergency response and reduce the crime rate through spatial analysis and prediction of the anticipated risks before they occur.