SDMC clinches tech excellence award for i-Alerts, enterSarawak apps

Zaidi (left) receiving the award on behalf of SDMC during the MTEA ceremony in KL.

KUCHING, Sept 23: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) bagged the Technology Excellence Award for its adoption of technology in curbing and managing the Covid-19 pandemic at the Malaysian Technology Excellence Award (MTEA) by Singapore Business Review 2020 yesterday.

Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak received the award on behalf of SDMC at the event held at KLCC in Kuala Lumpur.

According to a media release, SDMC was recognised for its initiative for the development of two key applications, i-Alerts and enterSarawak, and the seamless integration of both systems.

It was acknowledged by the judging committee from Deloitte Asia Pacific, KPMG Malaysia, BDO, Crowe Growth Consulting as well as Ernst & Young Advisory Services as riding the disruption wave and leading the technological revolution by leveraging on technology as a key catalyst to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic here in Sarawak.

Commenting on the award, Zaidi emphasised that Sarawak wants to be a leader in the digitalisation of Malaysia.


“Being at the forefront (to) realise Chief Minister of Sarawak’s (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) vision of a robust digital economy,” he said.

The only other to win under the non-profit or government organisation category, was the Ministry of Health for Data Analytics.

As strategised by SMA, the applications, which focused on data interoperability, allowed for the harmonised approach of collecting and transmitting data between stakeholders, decision-makers and the public.

This empowered the state to channel all relevant information via a single and globally interoperable information structure thus avoiding the unnecessary complexity in systems and improving overall efficiency.

The uniformity of these platform created speed, systemisation and standardisation which improved overall efficiency across the entire disaster life cycle thus allowing enterSarawak to be seamlessly applied across 33 Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security centres (ICQs) in Sarawak immediately during the Movement Control Order (MCO) creating touch-less border security while i-Alerts acted as the Core Integrated Disaster Management Platform for SDMC.

The open standards for the system also ensure enhanced scaling and improved efficiency of the timeliness of the transfer of information.

Furthermore, by making full use of existing data in the disaster management sector, i-Alerts can adopt mechanisms that ensure resource verification, findability, accessibility, interoperability, reuse and leverage the growth of existing Government Open Data initiatives.

The system was developed in collaboration with SOCOE Sdn Bhd. — DayakDaily