The identity services division of the Department of Internal Affairs has decided against a thin-client system, after considering the model in a tender last year.
Identity services, which handles passport, citizenship, births, deaths and marriage registry services, put out a tender last year for a general upgrade of its 400 desktop PCs in New Zealand, Sydney and London and initiated a feasibility study of a thin-client system.
The thin-client model, whereby most of the applications and system intelligence are located at the server end, was rejected because "we looked at what was going to serve our needs and forecast needs best and we wanted to stay consistent with head office", says DIA spokesman Tony Wallace.
"While we operate from different servers, we need to be talk to each other."
While the use of thin-client technology hasn't been ruled out in the future, the upgrade will replace older versions of Windows with XP and Office 2000.
Identity services' Lotus Notes system will also be upgraded from version 4.6 to 5.0. The rollout of both Windows and Notes will begin in three or four weeks' time, Wallace says.