ITA opens new Tam activation points with Omantel

New activation centres to switch ID and SIM cards to use e-services authentication program

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ITA opens new Tam activation points with Omantel Tam authenticates users to improve the security of government e-services.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 2, 2016

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman has opened six new activation centres for the Tam ID service at Omantel outlets.

The new activation points - in Salalah, Sohar, Alburaimi, Sur, Ibri, and Alkhoudh - will allow users to replace ID cards and SIM cards with new TAM-ready documents, which will allow them to use the Tam authentication services that are being integrated as part of government e-services.

Users of the internet interested to apply for government online services need Tam to prove and authenticate their digital identity to ensure processing all services in a fast and easy way, to save time, efforts and money.

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. 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 can save money, time and effort.

Cards can be Tam enabled at service centres for Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Branches and the Ministry of Manpower.

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 in a higher level of security, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality to protect all eTransactions made through ID cards and mobile SIM cards.

Tam Services are protected by Oman eTransaction law which provides citizens and residents the level of trust needed to handle their eTransactions in a way that provides the same legality like regular transactions based on hand written signature and physical existence of the user.

Government services which are already using the Tam authentication 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.

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