MoI achieves best international standards in Geospatial Information Security

ABU DHABI, 16th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Geographic Information Systems, GIS, Security Centre at Abu Dhabi has achieved a new accomplishment for the Ministry of Interior, MoI, through receiving 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 utilised 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.

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 centre is the first Arab entity to join the Consortium and international coalition adding that in 2013, the centre hosted strategic and technical meetings for the Open Geospatial Consortium for the first time in the MENA region.

Major-General Al Raisi added, “The meetings were held in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information centre, 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.” Major Muhammed Saleh Al Mansouri, Director of Geographic Information Systems Security centre at MoI, said, “This achievement supports the efforts made in police work in order to achieve the strategic objectives adopted at the MoI and to realise the UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.” “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 added.

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SOURCE: Wam