The national dog database being set up under the Dog Control Amendment Act has come a step closer, with the Internal Affairs department issuing a call for expressions of interest from database vendors.
The registration of interest closes on Thursday and a shortlist will be drawn up at the end of the month, with full tenders to be submitted in October.
Requirements include round-the-clock availability, the ability to populate the database through batch and online means, data quality monitoring and the ability to support up to 200 concurrent users.
The database is scheduled to be rolled out from June next year and to go live in July 2006, with interface testing between the database and local councils' systems to be done from April.
The steering committee overseeing the database project includes Internal Affairs information and facilities general manager Alison Fleming, Porirua City Council IT manager Peter van der Burg and Labour department strategic IT advisor Wilbert Goosens.
Another technology-related project being scoped under the Dog Control Amendment Act is a plan to track dogs by microchip, but it is still at the scoping stage.
Last year SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge told Computerworld the database and microchip plans were "a wonderful idea," and the microchip project was an advance on a failed one by the SPCA.
"We got involved in microchipping, in the belief it was the way to go and formed a company, Identishot, with a view to pioneering it and persuading the authorities to get into it," he said.
However, incompatibility between equipment from different microchip manufacturers hampered the plans.