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    Dr. Salem Inaugurates the National Network for Citizens Treatment on State Expenses Project and Mobile Portal for Luxor

    Luxor, 27 March 2012

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Mohamed Salem and the Governor of Luxor, Dr. Ezzat Saad inaugurated today the pilot broadcast of Mobile Portal project for the historic city of Luxor.

    This project is one of the Egyptian projects that have been registered as an Egyptian patent in mobile applications for the Egyptian Tagipedia, a company sponsored by Technology Incubators Program (TIP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

    Through this new invention, services on information retrieval, using two-dimension barcode system, are provided for the vital tourist areas. The invention is implemented, in the governorate of Luxor, as a guide model to cope with hosting the events of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF).

    The new project supported by Microsoft program techniques, targets empowering tourists, inside or outside Egypt, and visitors of the historic city of Luxor, with the ability to recover all data, images and videos of artifacts, temples and manuscripts once the barcode for each artifact registered on the portal is entered.

    Barcodes are scheduled to be distributed in the various areas of Luxor. Once the tourist focus the camera of his/her mobile phone, which is supported with a barcode-reader program, on the code of a specific historic relic, a list of information and services, related to the relic whose code was selected, are shown on the mobile screen.

    Moreover, the new project utilizes IT and internet programs to devise an application that offers many services in one barcode.

    More than 100 barcodes serving many archeological sites in the governorate of Luxor have been enlisted. They are supported and inter-related by images and information of relics like Nefertari and Ramses II tombs.

    For example, when the barcode of Nefertari is read, information supported by images and links of this particular monument are displayed. Related videos could also be added.

    Thanks to this technology, the tourist website, which displays all available services in the governorate of Luxor, is now accessible.

    The two-dimension barcode technique is recognized in many countries in the world. This technique allows editing the content by deleting or adding any new images or videos, without barcode change.

    This technique is extensively used in Asia, Europe and United States of America. Latest statistics show that the number of its users has reached more than 14 million in USA alone.

    Similarly, the technique is expected to spread on a wide-scale in Egypt for its great benefits in mobile phone usage. This will serve the Egyptian tourism sector in the first place.

    On a separate note, Dr. Mohamed Salem and Dr. Ezzat Saad have also inaugurated the project of treatment at the State’s expense in the governorate of Luxor in Luxor General Hospital, Luxor International Hospital and Luxor Medical Council.

    On monthly basis, the three hospitals send around 2500 treatment requests at the State’s expense using the project information system. El Qurna Central Hospital is also being equipped and linked.

    The inauguration comes in the framework of improving performances in the government departments and developing work methods in order to facilitate the citizens’ interaction with government bodies.

    The project aims at establishing a national network for treatment at the State’s expense through linking the specialized medical councils, which are the concerned authority for issuing decisions for treatment at the State’s expense, with hospitals and advanced centers that provide medical services.

    Moreover, the project provides the service of submitting requests from citizens from all governorates, particularly the remote areas, in order to alleviate their sufferings.

    MCIT has finished equipping the unit that receives the citizens’ requests for treatment at the State’s expense. These requests are processed without the need to physically show up in the premises of the specialized medical councils located in Cairo.

    The total cost of the first two stages of this project which results from the cooperation between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Health, is estimated at 13.5 million Egyptian pounds.

    The project has accomplished many of its goals. The project’s main information center, located at the premises of the specialized medical councils in Nasr City, has been equipped. Another substitute exchanging bureau has been established in the Ministry of Health.

    The project has effectively contributed in speeding up the issuing of the decisions related to the treatment of citizens (4000 treatment requests daily).

    Additionally, 40 local highly visited places in the governorates have been linked and equipped among which are 26 local medical councils in 26 governorates.

    Moreover, 104 government hospitals have been equipped and linked through ADSL lines distributed nationwide.

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