The ACT Government has signed a $6 million contract to implement an e-commerce solution that will deliver electronic and online services for vehicle registration and licensing.
The three-year project, which has snared IT consultancy Computer Sciences Corporation as its prime contractor, will also benefit web software developer Internet Solutions Australia (ISA), which will reap more than $1 million from the project over the next 11 months.
According to ISA, the new system will allow the public to pay registration fees and fines online, as well as allowing 24-hour access to authorised bodies such as police or car dealers wanting to track down information on stolen, written off or unregistered vehicles. The system will also tap into national databases to enable agencies to find out information on drivers and vehicles registered interstate.
ISA's managing director, Steven Thomas, said that although the project has been in planning for some 12 months, the public won't benefit from the service until the latter stages of the project. However, Thomas conceded that the move was a "major step" for the ACT Motor Registry, which has realised that its traditional systems aren't the best option for internet compatibility, and are turning towards open standards.
"Our team's aim is to deliver an e-commerce solution that is simple and straightforward at the user level, but underneath, the system will be highly sophisticated, providing a broad range of services with very high levels of security," he said.
Thomas also believes that the solution will set a precedent in the industry. "I think that the style and the way in which it's executed will be replicated elsewhere, and I think it will become the new standard for these sort of services."
Other tech partners in the venture include Data Key Services and Interim Technology Solutions.
Courtesy The Australian Industry Standard, http://www.thestandard.com.au