Doha, Qatar: “For better decision making, regional sectors need to update regional spatial information with required level of accuracy and details. Communicating with various organisations to access the required information is a very complex process. This requirement can be fulfilled by developing a regional SDI with regional users’ cooperation,” stated Mohammed Afroz, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia.
Afroz was addressing the seminar, Regional SDI, during Map Middle East 2011 in Doha, Qatar, organised by GIS Development. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Khalid A. Rahman Al-Haidan, Director of GIS Directorate, Central Informatics Organization (CIO), Kingdom of Bahrain.
In his speech, Afroz stressed that regional SDI is an enabling platform. It creates an environment in which regional sectors/users requiring a regional coverage, will be able to access and retrieve complete and consistent data sets in the easiest and secure way.
Earlier Dr. Eng. Mohamed Abd El-Wahab Hamouda, Head of Planning and Projects Division, Center for GIS (CGIS), State of Qatar, talked about Qatar Area Referencing System (QARS) project. He said that comprehensive database resulting from the Qatar Area Referencing System (QARS) project has opened the door for a wide range of applications. “Sectors benefiting from this project include water, electricity, drainage, business, trade, post, emergency, statistics, education and municipalities. Qatar Post adopted the new QARS number as a ZIP code. The number was easy to memorise as it was made up of zone, street and building numbers,” said Dr. Eng. Hamouda. He added, “Ministry of Interior, Emergency Services, and Civil Defense already have plans to link QARS project data to their existing resident data for security and emergency response purposes.”
Capt Aref Ibrahim, Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar, demonstrated the functionality of Incident Management System. He said, “Incident Management System in Qatar aims at leveraging tracking and navigation capabilities by adding on GIS functionalities. It provides patrol units with access to all data provided by external agencies and existing systems at the Ministry of Interior (MOI). Earlier the set-up of the system was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010. But after the re-planning, it is scheduled to be completed in January 2012.” He added that at present, the system only tracks ‘999 call’ from landlines because mobile phone service providers have not yet started providing details of users’ exact location.
Dennis G. Mc Keever from Hansa Luftbild – a German air surveying company, and Roland Spranz from Geokomm Netwoks also addressed the seminar. Keever said, “2013 will be 90th anniversary of the company. The company may be traditional but not old fashioned. At present, the company is working on different types of projects, covering approximately 70 percent of the world. The projects include aerial surveying, mapping, photogrammetry and GIS services.” On the other hand, Spranz addressed the topic, Spatial Data Infrastructure in Civil Protection.
Source: Our correspondent