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QLD steps towards Licensing & Registration System replacement

by Justin Hendry •
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The revamp of Queensland’s twenty year-old registration and licensing system has edged closer, with the Department of Transport and Main Roads issuing a Request for Tender for ICT Consulting Services.

The Transport Registration and Integrated Licensing System (TRAILS) was first introduced in 1994 and, since then, has become cumbersome as functionality has been replicated across the portfolio.   

“This scope of this work is for the ICT Consulting Services to provide the appropriate models, architecture, processes and roadmaps to support the holistic adoption of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) within the Registration & Licensing domain,” said tender documents.

The licensing and registration database is the largest database in Queensland, containing 3.4 million driver licenses and 4.6 million vehicle registrations. It enables the Department to identify licensed drivers, licence classes and conditions such as demerit points.

However, TRAILS’ “monolithic architecture” and its “tightly coupled information model” makes changes to the system both time intensive and costly, according to tender documents.   

The Department’s Registration & Licensing Modernisation Program, which is tasked with driving IT and business modernisation, recommended SOA “to deliver organisation agility, high return on investment, intrinsic interoperability and the business and technology alignment required for the future.”   

The tender close date is 15 December 2014.

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