MUSCAT: Oman’s plan to develop a Unified Addressing System (UAS) will benefit the government’s operations, support the country’s residents, and help Oman achieve its long-term goals, a top US tech firm said in a report.
American company Esri, specialised in geographic information systems said that the implementation of a GIS-based UAS is a key driver for the country’s digital transformation.
“Although Oman has a population of more than 4.5 million people, current address data existed only for the cities of Muscat, Sohar, and Salalah. This impeded the development of the location intelligence needed by decision-makers in government and business,” Esri said in the report. The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has been authorised to implement UAS in coordination with various government organisations.
“The capture of trusted, accurate, and regularly maintained address data in Oman will underpin the nationwide UAS. This system will support Oman’s Vision 2040 goals to facilitate a strong, prosperous, and knowledge-based economy,” Esri noted.
The UAS project has been divided into development, testing and verification, and implementation phases. The development phase is complete, and the system has been handed over to Municipalities for field verification, implementation, and ongoing maintenance.
“Oman’s national UAS will also bring numerous benefits to its residents. By more reliably routing ambulances and the police in towns, cities, and rural areas, emergency services response will improve, saving lives and property. Reduced travel times also will improve the delivery of goods. Official records, such as ID cards, residence permits, driver’s licenses, and other government-issued documents, can now include addresses,” Esri added.
It is worth noting that Oman adopted Esri technology nearly 30 years ago to develop a basemap and database for better land records management.