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The Ras Al-Khaimah e-government authority (EGA) has selected the India-based Navayuga group to implement an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) for Ras Al-Khaimah.

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By  Duncan MacRae Published  March 12, 2007

The Ras Al-Khaimah e-government authority (EGA) has selected the India-based Navayuga group to implement an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) for Ras Al-Khaimah. The GIS, commonly used as a navigational aid by drivers, is expected to go live throughout the emirate within the next 18 months. Commenting on the agreement, Dr Hashem Ar-Refaei, director general, EGA and IT advisor at the government of Ras Al Khaimah said: "The enterprise GIS is a very prestigious project of Räs Al-Khaimah. “Many GIS solution providers bid for the project. Navayuga’s solution was chosen because it was comprehensive and developed over a detailed understanding of our requirements.” Dr Muhamad R Bualhamam, chairman, RAK-GIS committee and deputy director general of Ras Al-Khaimah municipality, said: “Ras Al-Khaimah is envisioning transition from the old AutoCad mode of working to a true-GIS solution. “This calls for a change in work-culture in the emirate. Navayuga has an important task in training people in this project and the success will be when the officials of RAK are fully geared to derive benefits of what Navayuga will develop. Navayuga has immense technical capability as proven in the pilot phase of the project.” Dr Mukund Rao, CEO of Navayuga Spatial Technologies (NST) believes the enterprise GIS project is a logical extension of the pilot GIS, which was implemented by NST. “The turnkey solution will call for an integration of a complex suite of technologies,” he explained. “The system consists of a suite of servers that manages the web, metadata, application and database servers - the database engine is on Oracle Spatial. “We will put all best efforts to make the project successful and bring to fruition the vision of the Crown Prince and implement the tactical plan of the EGA. We are already geared up and shall soon start, and if possible, hopefully, even deliver ahead of time,” Rao concluded.

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