Adding a new feather in their list of accolades, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has attained a global achievement award in GIS or Geographic Information System from the American company ESRI, winning over 25,000 participants from 136 countries and 336 global companies and institutions.

SAG award for MOI Given the firm belief in the role and future of technology in security work, MOI has been utilising information technology to enhance its security and service performance system to better serve the public. Making use of the full potential of its human cadres, MOI was able to innovate and progress in the use of modern technology in a way that is superior compared to many countries of the world.

MOI was represented by the National Command Center (NCC) and presented with the award on the sidelines of the ESRI Conference in San Diego. Aref Hassan Ibrahim, Director of Technical Affairs at NCC, and Captain Hassan Ali Al Malki, Head of GIS Division, received the award from ESRI CEO Jack Dangermond.

SAG award MOIColonel Ali Mohamed Al Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of the NCC, said that the SAG Award is given to companies and organisations with the highest rating based on a set of criteria set by the Independent Selection Committee.

In 2013, the Najm security system of the NCC received an ‘A’ grade rating for the role of the ministry in using GIS in security systems to enhance emergency response and reduce crime rate through spatial analysis and prediction of the expected risk before they occur.

MOI has provided a model for translating the relationship of security and crime with the science of GIS.’

MOI introduced the science of GIS techniques in the field of security since 2009, and has prepared excellent and specialised national cadres in this field during the past ten years.

The Najm system is one of the most advanced security projects in the ministry and one of the most important systems, connecting all departments to security and safety, Lekhwiya, and the ambulance service. It provides rapid delivery of information from the Central Operations Department at the NCC, to patrols located in different regions of the country, while choosing the most suitable and closest patrol to incident location.

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