Geo-visualization of Substance Abuse Identification Mapping (Geo-VisSam) presented by a team of researchers from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) was awarded gold at the recently held International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2019.
The team consisted of Prof. Dr. Chan Yuen Fook (leader) from the Faculty of Education with his team members Mr. Cheong Tau Han, also from the same faculty, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor Aizam Adnan of the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying.
Geo-VisSAM provides instant mapping of accurate spatial data of recorded drug cases in high risk areas of substance abuse in Malaysia. The system is developed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze and present all types of spatial data related to drug abuse based on various demographic factors derived from drug addicts.
The use of Geo-VisSAM is pivotal in bringing about significant reduction in the number of drug abuse cases. It offers highly effective assistance to local authorities such as the police agencies, immigration and Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan (AADK) to monitor high risk areas of substance abuse.
The information provided is quick and accurate for local authorities to execute effective law enforcement at targeted areas. The system extrapolates GPS technology, GIS geospatial analysis, remote sensing, mapping and data display to instantly and comprehensively map distribution of drug abuse cases according to various parameters in high prevalence areas.
PECIPTA 2019 was hosted by the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) from 22-23 September 2019 aimed to showcase innovative products and services from institutions of higher learning.