DED provides mobile access

The Department of Economic Development (DED) will offer mobile access to trade licence information and services through Windows based pocket PCs and Symbian based Nokia mobile phones.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  July 17, 2005

The Department of Economic Development (DED) will offer mobile access to trade licence information and services through Windows based pocket PCs and Symbian based Nokia mobile phones. InfoTouch has been developed in-house by the IT division at the DED on the Microsoft .Net platform and is available to all Windows based pocket PCs users. The government body has also partnered with Nokia to develop a Java client application for Nokia 9300 and Nokia 9500 mobile phone users, allowing access to DED services over GPRS. The site offers detailed instructions about installing and using the application through both Windows based pocket PCs and Symbian based Nokia mobile phones. “This initiative is in keeping with the directives of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE Defence Minister and Chairman of DED, to move rapidly towards full fledged e-Government procedures,” says Ali Ibrahim, deputy director general for executive affairs at DED. “The DED has worked closely with its international partners Microsoft and Nokia in this project, to ensure that the application is in line with international standards and will facilitate our customers in dealing with business registration procedures. The DED also plans to extend the InfoTouch services to include other options at a later stage," he adds. The objective of the department is to create an investor-friendly environment in Dubai, which will encourage investors to make Dubai the destination of choice in terms of setting up their own business establishments. “This initiative will enable business owners to instantly obtain important information and to manage their trade licence registration procedures at their convenience, without a need to call or visit the department,” says Khalid Al Kassim, deputy director general for development and planning. "Nokia’s offering is unique. Using the flexibility of Symbian platform and series 60 or series 80 smart phones, the customer can develop tailored applications to enhance the productivity of their internal and external customers by providing secured wireless connectivity to corporate resources,” says Jarmo Hostio, senior sales manager at Nokia enterprise solutions Middle East and Africa. “Nokia is proud to have developed this new application in partnership with the DED, which will go a long way towards facilitating access to DED's business registration services in real time, anywhere at any time. Secure solutions for remote access to information help governmental organisations offer modern services and become more efficient, resulting in significant social and economic returns."

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