Sharjah DeG plans digital transformation for Sharjah

Sharjah Department of eGovernment holds workshop to start digital plans for the whole emirate

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Sharjah DeG plans digital transformation for Sharjah Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Director General of DeG. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 18, 2017

The Sharjah Department of eGovernment (DeG) has held its first workshop to develop a digital transformation road map for the whole of the emirate.

Following a decree from His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah to form the emirate's first Higher Digital Transformation Committee, the workshop focused on planning for the exploration, development and implementation of leading digital solutions to streamline services to citizens across Sharjah.

The workshop was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Director General of DeG, Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations in Sharjah, Noor Ali Al Noman, Director of DeG, Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Vice President of Smart City and Ecosystems Research at Gartner Research, and a host of directors, chairpersons and heads of departments in Sharjah.

The workshop agenda focused on the most effective ways to identify planning frameworks in order to bring together the digital strategies created by state departments under a unified network, and execute solutions and digital projects to establish the ‘Digital Sharjah' brand.

Using the workshop as an initial step to consolidate and strengthen the emirate's digital infrastructure, DeG aimed to utilize the workshop to outline the basic features of sustainable planning based on an integral database that represents a systematic platform to future actions.

The workshop explored the fundamentals of empowering citizens by transforming Sharjah into a fully smart city via the ‘Internet of Things' (IoT), a comprehensive, interwoven digital fabric which binds together all elements of community services for the common good.

The provision of technological solutions to extend the reach and expand the capabilities of IoT is the number one priority for Digital Sharjah, in terms of delivering the highest level of services to the emirate's citizens and the emirate as a whole in terms of the environment, the economy, education, health, transport, utilities and much more.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Director General of DeG, stressed that the workshop represents a great step forward: "In order to ensure that we provide the very best services through a fully integrated smart city, Digital Sharjah must identify every avenue where our resources should be focussed towards a strategic plan. We intend to deliver improved, integrated and innovative methods to cater to every member of our society and economy.

"This strategy will evaluate the present and future status of Sharjah's residents, as well as allow more data to be stored within secure networks, which meet the highest international technology standards with the ability to constantly update information, in turn constantly enhancing citizens' quality of life and work."

The workshop discussed the most significant options, in terms of stimulating the emirate's economy, and protecting its environment, which includes building and premises' smart services, as well as the general smart services that comprise education, transportation, health services.

It also showcased multiple options about the methods of transforming interpersonal competences and electronic information from different state entities into a unified information centre. It also illustrated how the digital transformation plans will be implemented through all fields of digital government services in Sharjah. 

The workshop addressed the techniques of implementing digital transformation through a number of renewable energy technologies that contribute to establishing a sustainable infrastructure to transform many services into digital ones. It also illustrated the methods of attracting individual innovations through the on-going development of the Micro and SME sector.

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