Technology is essential for modernizing the public sector, delivering modern services to all citizens, even in remote areas, enabling and soliciting input from citizen for improved decision and policy making.
We have entered a new technological era in service delivery with increasing adoption of Emerging Technologies and it has arrived in government. Oman Government has also embarked the emerging technologies journey to provide government services more efficiently, effectively and have proven result showing how they have created greater public value and transformed people’s lives. Collaboration, agility, innovation and engagement have emerged as driving factors for agency performance and progress will be determined by combining these factors with adoption and integration of new emerging technologies and services. Emerging technologies will change everything – how we work, how we live, how we communicate. This so called 4th industrial revolution can help accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We as Oman also are following the same path and have taken various initiative to gain and spread awareness on emerging technology trends and adoption where such technologies are now helping citizens’ access government services and information in ways that are more pro-active, agile, innovative through adoption of Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, and Data Analytics…etc. This in-turn, will help us to be well equipped to harness and leverage the power technological innovation to ensure achieving our overall economic vision.
Therefore, we the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs have attempted and applied some emerging technologies in the area of ( Internet of Things, Big Data & Block Chain ) such as:
( Web Office )
The Ministry aims at activating the web office application, which aims at linking and disseminating geographical data in an external manner between the ministry and the different entities or internally between the directorates and the departments of the ministry in a manner consistent with the information security policy in the Sultanate.
This program is an application interface applied to the desktop linked to the server of the GIS section, which provides the means to search for spatial data and spatial data services, which will serve a large segment of professionals working in the departments and departments of the Ministry with the possibility of viewing and uploading spatial data sets. It also aims to provide spatial data to users in a manner that complies with the information security policy in the Sultanate and contributes to supporting decision making for planning projects.
However, we are aiming to increase our usage of emerging technologies and add new emerging technologies to our already existing once where we plan to implement:
( Project of Radioactive Source Tracking System in the Sultanate of Oman )
The Ministry, in cooperation with the Block Chain Solutions and Services Company, is seeking to establish a material tracking project, Which aims to use the Ministry's staff for an electronic system to track the movement of radioactive sources in Oman starting from its arrival to the Sultanate via Muscat International Airport. Then transferred to facilities, store radioactive sources, work sites and in the end re-export by requiring users to use mobile app linked to the mentioned system.
The project will facilitate the tracking and control of radioactive sources of users and the extent of their commitment.