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System for Survey and Mapping Department PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 January 1999 00:00

Source: Computimes, New Straits Times (page 1)

The Department of Survey and Mapping is in the final stages of implementation a cadstral data management or Sistem Pengurusan Data Kadaster (SPDK) at its headquarters and offices nationwide.

Its director-general Datuk Abdul Majid Mohamed said the project is part of the department's effort to utilise information technology (IT) in an augmenting its organisational reform.

"With the system, the department will be closer in meeting its mission to promote efficient and high-quality land survey and mapping services, and to disseminate geographical information in line with national requirements," he told Computimes in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

According to him, specifications for the project was completed in August 1996 and a tender worth about RM36.8 million was awarded in November 1997 to Imatera Digital Image Services Sdn Bhd.

The project includes the purchase of hardware namely three computer servers, four workstations, 226 desktop personal computers (PCs), two verification plotters, nine laser printers and one scanner.

Software purchases comprise ArcInfo application, Oracle relational database management system and software licenses.

The project also includes the installation of local area network (LAN) systems and training for staff of the department.

"Implementation of the project began early last year and takes a year to complete," Abdul Majid said.

Last week, the department signed an agreement with Imatera for the supply of the system to the department's office in Johor. At the signing, Land and Co-operative Development Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Nik Mohd Zain Nik Yusof signed on behalf of the department while Imatera was represented by its chairman Mohd Amir Mohd Senawi.

According to Abdul Majid, the SPDK project involves several key components such casino as updating of the department's existing computer-assisted land survey (CALS) and mini CALS as well as implementation of new applications. "The new applications are quality management system or Sistem Pengurusan Kualiti (SPEK), image document management system or Sistem Pengurusan Imej Dokumen (SPID), IT-assisted counter service, and electronic commerce (e-commerce)." SPEK is a quality assurance system that provides modules for preserving the integrity, currency and accuracy in the creation of a digital cadastral database which holds digital-based maps used for building geographical information system (GIS) and land-related applications. Ultimately, this will lead to a paperless land administration system that creates and maintains a digital library of certified plan images. Through the system, computer users can search, view and print on demand these images from the department's intranet and Internet systems.

Combined with the Internet technology, the system provides a key element to its e-commerce component SPDK can enhance the department's existing counter service for easier access to cadastral data by wider client base and thus generate more revenues.

With SPDK, the department's counter service is equipped with enhancement and features which include an electronic payment system, information kiosks with touchscreen browsers, prints of certified plans on demand, accessible from the Net, and voice-answering service for dial-in inquiry.

Abdul Majid said SPDK's e-commerce component is to supplement the department's counter service via the use of an interactive Web site and the secure electronic transaction (SET) technology. "A client can visit our Web site and browse through a virtual catalogue of the department's products. He can the purchase the products online via credit card, for example." he explained.

He added that this transaction will be using a digital certificate, to be issued by the Certificate Authority, which will identify legitimate participants in the transaction.

"After approval, the client can then download the product purchased or have it sent. The client can also print an order form from the Web site and mail that to the department with payment," he said.
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