Landonline wins foreign sale

Landonline has gained its first export sale. The latest list of customers for the Land Information NZ title and survey information service tops the 400 mark, and includes Melbourne-based Daimler-Chrysler Services.

Landonline has gained its first export sale.

The latest list of customers for the Land Information NZ (Linz) title and survey information service tops the 400 mark, and includes Melbourne-based Daimler-Chrysler Services, a finance company that offers vehicle leasing, truck purchase and mortgages, which may be related to vehicle deals. This last aspect requires information on the nature and ownership of New Zealand properties and land parcels, says Daimler-Chrysler legal spokesman Paris Nicoloau.

The company took delivery of Landonline at the beginning of this month and had so far only experimented with it rather than put it to practical use, Nicoloau said last week.

Christchurch leads the league-table of user organisations, with 168. The 401 organisational licences represent about 1500 individual users, according to Linz. Most user firms in all regions are solicitors.

As Landonline moves into its second stage, which allows users outside Linz to lodge data with the system online, new support facilities will be introduced including a computer-based training (CBT) programme. This is currently under development with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The self-paced training programme and phone and online support services are necessary for stage 2 users, says Linz spokesman Mike Bodnar, because stage 2 is far more complex than stage 1, which essentially offered a fairly straightforward search capability. Users will now have to learn how to prepare a lodgement, and two or more people working together on the same set of documents will have to become used to operating in a shared workspace on the computer system.

Prior to stage 2, the more complex training requirements were for Linz’s own staff, and these could be comfortably handled with face-to-face teaching, Bodnar says.

Support services for stage 2 will include the ability for a Linz adviser to take over the user’s PC and show him or her how to perform a task.

A pilot of the electronic lodgement capabilities is planned for the first half of 2002, with introduction of stage 2 itself scheduled for “later in the year”.

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