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
( 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.