ROP and ITA open activation points for Tam program

New centres available to activate Tam authentication to use Oman e-government services

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ROP and ITA open activation points for Tam program The Tam scheme allows Oman's National ID card to be used for authentication when using e-government services.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 14, 2016

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman and the Royal Oman Police (ROP) have opened 27 new activation points for the national identity authentication service, Tam.

Citizens and residents are now able to activate Tam services through Civil Status Centers across the Sultanate, as well as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Branches in Muscat, Sohar, Nizwa, Ibra and Musandam, Ministry of Manpower, Sanad Service Office by Al Rafd Fund in Salalah as well as Muscat City Center.

Tam can be activated by government ID card holders to enable them to use Tam-enabled e-government services. Tam is an Electronic Certification service provided by the National Digital Certification Center (NDCC) at the Information Technology Authority (ITA).This service allows all Omani citizens and residents to use the government electronic services and transactions with a higher level of security, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality to protect all eTransactions made through ID cards and mobile SIM cards.

Government entities which have already started using Tam for authentication of services include Oman Portal for Government eServices, One Stop Shop of the Invest Easy project, Muscat Municipality, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Health, Public Prosecution, Al Rafd Fund, the National Center for Statistic Information (NCSI), Public Authority For Social Insurance and Bank Dhofar.

Tam Services are protected by the Oman eTransaction law which provides citizens and residents the level of trust needed to handle their eTransactions in a secure and authenticated fashion.

Dr Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA said: "We trust that the public is receptive to the new service as it represents the first step in our endeavour for electronic services in Oman to protect users' information online, not to mention the great benefits of this service in developing economic, social, educational and service-based sectors in Oman,"

ITA is leading a mass campaign to encourage all Omanis holding ID cards with expiry date of 14th July 2018 onwards and residents with expiry date of 15th July 2015 onwards to activate their ID cards at any of the 27 new locations. Tam service offers secured and protected personal data, authenticated digital identity without the need for physical appearance as well as the ability to sign any document or application electronically. Moreover, with 24/7 access to government services form everywhere users would save money, time and effort.

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