Recently Michael McDowell TD, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform and the Chief Executive & Registrar of Deeds and Titles, Catherine Treacy formally launched the final project in the computerisation of the Land Registry – Digital Mapping. The Land Registry of Ireland has been in the vanguard of delivering Information Society technologies in Ireland. The approach to these opportunities has been to allow new ways of interacting and to challenge the boundaries of what is traditionally possible in terms of both time and location.
Laser-Scan is leading the team in this digital mapping project. Its approach is based upon safeguarding the accuracy of the registrations within the map base using its flagship persistent server-side topology engine known as Radius Topology. The Laser-Scan approach to partnering meant that a team could be assembled rapidly to satisfy the Land Registry tender team that we had the winning solution.
Local Irish company Proteus, in partnership with IME of Stirling, is providing the Land Registry domain expertise. Based in Cork, Proteus will build the user interfaces using web-mapping tools from AutoDesk. The Key Performance Indicator reporting suite will be built by Dublin based Version 1. The solution will be built using standard ICT technologies based upon Oracle Spatial.
Land Registry has taken the Information Society agenda to centre-stage at EU level. The Lisbon Summit in 2000 set the goal of establishing Europe as the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. The Land Registry systems provide a key element of a well-functioning property market. The Land Registry’s Integrated Title Registration Information System (ITRIS) application is enabling the organisation to process 20,000 cases per month, whereas the former paper based approach was unable to deal with 7,000 cases per month.
Electronic access to view the register of ownership records and other title information is being used by 80% of Land Registry’s potential customers. The Digital Mapping project will see a continuation of the reduction in turnaround times for registrations by providing further technological support to the registration process and other services. This will see a further widening of access by using a map gazetteer and the ability to view map related information.