HeiTech hands over Siren 77 project to NRD


  • Business
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003

Heitech Padu Bhd, which officially handed over the Siren 77 national registration project yesterday, expects to continue providing ongoing services as part of its back-end systems integration to the National Registration Department (NRD). 

Under the Sistem Informasi Rekod Penduduk Negara (Siren) project, HeiTech computerised NRD's system into an integrated database system. HeiTech executive chairman Datuk Mohd Hilmey Mohd Taib said the company would continue to service JPN with any trouble-shooting, vendor services as well as round-the-clock services, among others. 

Components of the Siren project, which began in 1996, covered the automation of NRD; hosting a central database system, automated fingerprinting identification system, wide area network (WAN) linking the JPN head office with all its branches nationwide, offering a disaster recovery facility, a record management centre, and a mobile Siren system. 

The third and final stage of the Siren project, known as Siren 77, successfully completes the remaining 77 branches of NRD which cover rural and remote areas – 39 branches in Sarawak, 15 in Sabah, and the remaining 23 in peninsular Malaysia. Of these branches, nine will be operating in a wireless environment, also known as mobile Siren. 

“With the close relationship between NRD and HeiTech, we look forward to providing continued reliability, stability, and security in giving the best back-end systems integration,” Hilmey said. 

The completion of the Siren project would elevate the NRD service level into a paperless environment and realise the government's vision in escalating Malaysia into a developed nation through information communication technology (ICT), Hilmey said. 

“Presently, with the upgrading of the NRD system, processing of an identification card which took six months to a year has now been reduced to 2 weeks under the MyKad system,” NRD director-general Datuk Azizan Ayob said in Kuala Lumpur after the Siren 77 handover.  

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