Oman's ITA launches 27 new Tam service activation points

Business Monday 14/March/2016 22:35 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman's ITA launches 27 new Tam service activation points

Muscat: The Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Royal Oman Police (ROP) launched as many as 27 new activation points for the Tam service yesterday; particularly at the Civil Status Centres across the Sultanate.
Users can now proceed to any of the announced 27 Civil Service Centres across all Governorates. This is in addition to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s branches in Muscat, Sohar, Nizwa, Ibra and Musandam, the Ministry of Manpower, the Sanad Service Office by Al Rafd Fund in Salalah, as well as the Muscat City Centre to activate their ID cards in order to use Tam-enabled government e-Services.
Users of the internet interested in applying for government online services need Tam to prove and authenticate their digital identity to ensure processing of all services in a fast and easy way, to save time, effort and money.
Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, chief executive officer of ITA said: “We trust that the public is receptive to the new service as it represents the first step in our endeavour for setting up electronic services in Oman to protect users’ information online, not to mention the great benefits of this service in developing economic, social, educational and service-based sectors in Oman.”
ITA is leading a mass campaign for encouraging all Omanis holding ID cards with an expiry date of July 14, 2018 onwards and residents with an expiry date of July 15, 2015 onwards to activate their ID cards at any of the 27 new locations.
The Tam service offers secured and protected personal data, authenticated digital identity without the need for physical appearance, as well as the ability to sign any document or application electronically. Moreover, with 24/7 access to government services from everywhere, users would save money, time and effort.
Tam is an Electronic Certification service provided by the National Digital Certification Centre (NDCC) at the Information Technology Authority (ITA). This service allows all Omani citizens and residents to use the government electronic services and transactions at a higher level of security, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality to protect all e-Transactions made through ID cards and mobile SIM cards.
These services are protected by the Oman e-Transaction law, which provides citizens and residents the level of trust needed to handle their e-Transactions in a way that provides the same legality, such as regular transactions based on hand written signatures and the physical existence of the user.
Government entities have already started operating their services, based on the Tam service and by making full use of the benefits provided by Tam. Government portals and entities using Tam-enabled services include but are not limited to the Oman Portal for Government eServices, a One Stop Shop for the Invest Easy project, the Muscat Municipality, the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Health, Public Prosecution, the Al Rafd Fund, the National Centre for Statistic Information (NCSI), the Public Authority For Social Insurance and Bank Dhofar.
“We, at ITA, would like to thank ROP and all government entities for their cooperation to make this national project a success,” Al Ruzaiqi concluded.