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Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority wins Esri award

SLSDA gets special award from Esri for project to survey Sharjah's labour camp

Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority wins Esri award
Faisal Al Shamsi with the award from Esri.

Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority (SLSDA) has won a special award from geospatial systems company Esri, for a GIS project to improve living standards for labourers in the Emirate.

SLSDA was presented with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the recent Esri User Conference in the US, for its project to use GIS systems to survey labour camps in Sharjah. The survey and geospatial data has enabled analysis of camps to ensure compliance with standards and regulations, and to improve inspection routings.

The survey project was conducted in the fourth quarter of 2016, in collaboration with strategic partner Gistec, a specialist in GIS systems.

SLSDA received the award from Esri for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualisation, and thought leadership in GIS through local government.

Salem Al Qaseer, Chairman of the SLSDA, said: "We are humbled and deeply grateful to be the recipients of this international acknowledgment and prestigious award, in recognition of the authority's outstanding efforts. This innovative project was carried out under the support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. We have been able to increase awareness of the importance of compliance with labour rights, regulations and standards, and to contribute to providing an attractive environment for employers and labours, in collaboration and coordination with the government agencies and private sector. These efforts have helped maintain the excellent reputation of the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE, as preferred destinations for labour from the region and beyond."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the SLSDA, said: "We are delighted to win this prestigious award, which is an international recognition of the achievements of the Emirate of Sharjah. It is the first of its kind award in the field of spatial analytics technology in the Emirate, reflecting the Emirate's effective contribution to developing business environment, optimising the efficiency of both workers and employers, alike, and supporting the national strategic plans in line with the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE among the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union.

"In the span of only three months, our RGIS technology has provided highly accurate spatial demographics that help us enhance the lives of labourers. The use of this technology was for the first time in Sharjah. We will continue to use the best technologies that help evaluate the living conditions in labour accommodations and their compliance with rules, regulations and requirements in force in the UAE. These efforts are aimed at improving the living conditions of workers and providing all the means to develop work environments."

Faisal Binsannad Al Shamsi, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development and Project Manager at the SLSDA, said that the onsite survey of labour camps, which utilised the latest GIS technologies from Esri, enabled the authority to check compliance of labour camps with regulations, and to accurately document all camps and create more detailed records on the status and standard of each camp. It also enables inspections schedules and highlights the needs of the labourers and the proximity to services and facilities.

 "This enabled us to conduct spatial and statistical analysis of the data as per the approved standards and policies to identify any violations; improvement of the labourers' living standards while mitigating the violations. In addition, the authority conducted the necessary analysis to develop the work environment in the Emirate of Sharjah, in general, and the industrial areas, in particular. These efforts make the authority an eligible to win this prestigious international award," Al Shamsi said.

Saed Abu Helwa, CTO, Technical Director & Customer Service Director at GISTIC said: "LSDA implemented state-of-the-art GIS technology for the project which included the latest trends and solutions from Esri. The project was implemented in a record-breaking timeframe which is remarkable in the past 20 years of implementing such strategic initiatives.

"We were thrilled with the LSDA top management's vision of implementing an integrated solution including the GIS technology from the start, which has many benefits in providing accurate and reliable data and reports and effectively monitoring the work crew and survey teams."

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