The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has completed the operation to switch to the National Operating System PARDUS” in its 81 regional directorates. All computers in the offices of AFAD in the entire country are now operated by PARDUS. The project that updated software systems according to PARDUS is the outcome of a study of 6 years.
“We are developing open source, license free products produced in Turkey by our own citizens and provide the opportunity to store data in the country and we are using them,” said Head of AFAD Governor Yunus Sezer.
Within the context of “National Technology Campaign”, Turkey now uses technology and software developed by our own sources and human resources. AFAD carries out informatics activities in line with “National Transformation with Local Information Technologies” vision. It applies the “Technological Transformation in Disaster Management” concept. AFAD’s concept prioritizes development and use of local, open source and safe products. Within this framework, AFAD updated its infrastructure and software according to PARDUS. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic conditions, AFAD completed the transition to the PARDUS system in all local directorates within the target period.
"We believe in PARDUS"
Head of AFAD Governor Sezer stressed that they have adapted to a technology approach that prioritizes the needs of the country adding that, “We produced technological solutions that focuses on our national and cultural values, needs and sensitivities of our country and we believe that such solutions can be developed by our own people. AFAD believed in PARDUS. Now, we have completed switching to our national operating system PARDUS in all provincial directorates.”
Outcome of a 6-yearlong effort
AFAD started to work on PARDUS in 2015. At first, it updated its software according to PARDUS and used local and open source products instead of licensed products. While AFAD carried out disaster management activities, it also continued to work in an effort to switch to the PARDUS system. AFAD aimed at using PARDUS in all of its provincial directorates by the end of 2020 but had to postpone this target due to the pandemic and successfully completed the project in mid-2021.
"It is our privilege to achieve this goal which seemed like a dream“
Head of AFAD Sezer defined the condition of having a strong digital economy in line with “Digital Turkey’s National Technology Campaign” as: “Development of local and national technology that depends on using local and national products in all state offices and agencies. Due to this reason, we value PARDUS which is the product of this vision. We worked night and day as a team. It is our privilege to achieve this goal which seemed like a dream only a few years ago.“
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