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Abu Dhabi Police to use GIS technology

Geographic info system project to cover all entities, formations for Abu Dhabi Police.

Abu Dhabi Police is intending to establish a security centre for geographic information system (GIS) to introduce geographical applications and solutions in the police work, a senior security official disclosed on Thursday.

Newswire WAM quoted Lt. Colonel Nasser Al Maskari, Chairman of the GIS Project Committee: ''A clear-cut strategy of the project has been chalked out which incorporates the project into the key strategies of Abu Dhabi government and Ministry of Interior.''

''The core idea is to develop smart security system that backs up all police activities and missions and enhances integration of information and knowledge-based security systems under a comprehensive strategy. It helps provide timely much-needed information to operations rooms, patrols, personnel, crime scene investigations, and criminal evidence. It locates critical sites and backs decision-makers for sake of change and relays knowledge,” he added.

According to him, the project will cover all organisational entities and formations for Abu Dhabi Police, other police forces in other emirates, military, civil and security agencies, educational institutions and government universities.

“The strategic initiative will be executed in three phases: The first phase, which envisages the development of the GIS strategy, will be completed during current month. The second phase of designing appropriate GIS solutions and applications will be ready by mid-September to be followed by the third phase of the full fledge implementation of the project which will span from 2010 to 2014,” Al Maskari explained.

According to WAM, Geographic information system (GIS), or geographical information system, captures, stores, analyses, manages, and presents data that is linked to location. Technically, GIS is geographic information system which includes mapping software and its application with remote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, photogrammetry, geography, and tools that can be implemented with GIS software.

In the strictest sense, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyses, shares, and displays geographic information. In a more generic sense, GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyse spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations, the newswire added.

For Police application, it delivers information to the nearest police patrol or centre, and guides policemen, rescuers or firefighters to the easiest and quickest roads to the scences of accidents, according to WAM.

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