The other project, the Fish Survey, will kick off in January of next year.
Oman has been at the regional and worldwide forefront of using information technology in its surveying projects since three years ago. While its first population census ever was conducted only recently – in 1993 – the Sultanate is the first country in the World to ever make use of a PDA-based E-Census solution when, ten years later, it conducted the 2003 Census using an ECensus solution that was built and deployed by Informobility LLC, one of the region’s leading providers of mobility products, services, and solutions.
The E-Census solution helped the Sultanate’s Ministry of National Economy (MONE) expedite census activities, minimize error, improve the quality of census results, and improve the efficiency of disseminating these results in a timely manner. Two years earlier Informobility and MONE entered into a partnership to automate the Sultanate’s consumer price index (CPI)survey – by equipping enumerators with a PDA-based E-Survey solution in a rewarding effort to improve and maintain its timeliness, relevance, and accuracy.
Over the past year, Informobility has successfully implemented a two-phased, sultanate-wide agricultural census for MAF, as part of the Ministry’s effort to build an agricultural statistical frame, which will act as the backbone of the agricultural statistics in the Sultanate for the next ten years.
Building on its series of successful E-Census and E-Survey implementations, Informobility were awarded a contract to design and develop a PDA-based E-Survey solution for Oman’s Boats census and fish landing survey. This project aims at collecting detailed data about the fishing industry, such as fishmonger profile, boat description (make, model, dimensions, and engine), fishing equipment, fishing season, fish preservation methods, and fishing locations.
Data is collected by enumerators distributed in various regions and governorates. Historically, the enumerators have been using pre-printed forms to gather the required data, to be entered lately into their central database system and transferred to the main servers at the Ministry’s main building in Muscat. Informobility’s PDA-based E-Survey solution replaces this paper-based tradition, allowing enumerators to insert the data directly from the field into a handheld device, validate the data on the field, and transfer it electronically into a local database.
RealSoft Advanced Applications, a sister company of Informobility, brings to this project its regional experience in building and deploying back-end statistical applications. RealSoft has worked closely with Informobility to design and develop the data dissemination and resultpublishing applications using Oracle Application Server and Oracle Database server 10g.
RealSoft has already developed a comprehensive set of dynamic reports for the survey results and the main indicators.
Situated at the Eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, and with a coastline exceeding 2,000 km, the Sultanate of Oman has the second largest coastline in the peninsula. Agriculture and fisheries are among the largest contributors to the process of diversification of sources of natural income in the future, and are among the Sultanate’s top non-oil exports. These two sectors combined stand at fifth place in terms of employing nationals.
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