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Nov 21, 2005

DRS Technology to Process Saudi Arabia Exams

DRS has been awarded a contract to provide Optical Mark Reading technology to process multiple choice questionnaire assessments for King Abdul Aziz University, the largest Higher Education institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Working in partnership with its Saudi Arabian distributor, Zedan Information Engineering, DRS has provided ten of its CD360 OMR scanners, designed and manufactured in-house in its HQ in Milton Keynes into the University in Jeddah. Software written in Arabic has also been provided as part of the package.

The DRS CD360 OMR scanners will be installed in ten academic departments throughout the University and will be used to process tests and assessments in undergraduate and graduate programmes in various fields of study.

DRS technology is extensively used by educational establishments throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to process critical examinations.

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Katie McBreen
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King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah was founded in 1967. The University developed so rapidly that in 1971, the founders petitioned the government to assume responsibility for its operation. Since then it has expanded considerably and is now the largest of the Kingdom's Universities, with over 42,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in various fields of study.

DRS has a long and successful relationship with its distributor in Saudi Arabia. For over seven years, DRS has worked closely with Zedan Information Engineering in Jeddah, supplying its range of Optical Mark Readers into educational institutions in the Middle Eastern region.

DRS’ customer base spans over 50 countries worldwide. Its core business is essentially large volume, time critical, complex and sensitive data capture projects such as examination processing, national voter registration, e-counting (electronic vote counting) and national population census projects.

Established in 1969, DRS has over 35 years experience in providing solutions for data capture problems all over the world through its range of automated data capture solutions.

DRS manufactures and distributes its own range of OMR (Optical Mark Readers) and Imaging OMRs, as well as providing ICR (Intelligent Character Recognition) technology, all of which is designed to electronically capture a wide variety of data. It also provides associated services including project management, software, training and full technical support and back-up.

In addition to the technology, DRS also offers its customers a full bureau service specialising in managing large volume, time critical and complex projects. Services offered include project management, design, print and personalisation of forms, distribution and receipt of completed forms right through to automatically capturing the data using its own automated data capture technology.

DRS was awarded the 2002 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in April 2002. The award demonstrates DRS’ achievements in substantial and sustained growth and commercial success in overseas trade, particularly in the field of worldwide examination processing, national voter registration and population census work.