Sharjah DeG driving digital transformation

Sharjah Department of eGovernment is showcasing the progress made in the digital transformation of Sharjah at GITEX Technology Week.

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Sharjah DeG driving digital transformation Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Department of eGovernment.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2016

Sharjah Department of eGovernment (DeG) is showcasing the progress made in the digital transformation of Sharjah at GITEX Technology Week.

Under the theme of ‘Sustainability and Digital Innovation’, DeG is demonstrating its own solutions and services, and some of the achievements of its government partners
Among the highlights of DeG’s presence at GITEX is the launch of a new educational game, ‘Sharjah Land’ which is being used to educate children on community and social values. The game features four tasks, and in future it is planned to make it available to other government departments in the Emirate to use for their own information and awareness campaigns.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General of DeG, says that the department is seeing more uptake of its services as government entities in Sharjah adopt more ICT solutions and also launch their own technology initiatives.

“We make the customer-facing department’s lives easier by providing the infrastructure and technology to ease their day-to-day work,” he says. “We have demonstrated that we can help them, by allowing them to focus on their core business while we provide their technology arm. We have transferred either the knowledge or the technology to them once it is ready for them to deploy.”

In line with the department’s mandate to provide electronic services to all Sharjah Government, DeG announced the start of Sharjah Unified Network project, a dedicated government network that will serve 32 departments with secure connectivity.

DeG is also joined at GITEX by a number of other Sharjah Government departments who are showcasing solutions including interactive displays for tourist information, payment solutions using Emirates national identity card, smart waste bins that double as WiFi hotspots, classroom technology to serve deaf students, and drones for use by the police force.

DeG is also using GITEX to meet with other government organisations and to share experience and ideas.

“We learn from the experiences of others, for instance we are talking to Smart Dubai, we are touching base with other governments within the UAE, to see how we can collaborate, and learn from them, and see if there are solutions that we can deploy to leap frog stages of development,” Al Qasimi says.

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