TEXT-Ness Technologies gets $19 mln Czech deal

(The following was issued by Israel’s Ness Technologies Inc
(NSTC.O: ) (NSTC.TA: )):

Feb 1 – Ness Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: NSTC and TASE: NSTC),
a global provider of information technology solutions and
services, announced today that it has been awarded, as part of a
public tender, a contract for the development and testing of a
large information system – a Registry of Territories, Addresses
and Properties (RUIAN) – for the Czech Geodetic and Cadastral
Office (CUZK).

The system, which is valued at CZK 346.5 million, or about
$19 million, is scheduled to go live in July 2011, at which time
it will become one of the four primary registries in the Czech
Republic: territorial identification, addresses and properties,
persons, rights and obligations.

The primary goal of the registry is to ensure that all
public administration authorities use – in their mutual
communication – the same data about chosen territorial elements,
which will come from a single reference source.

In addition, the registry will manage data about all
addresses of building sites assigned by municipalities, as well
as some important technical attributes of the buildings.

At present, there is no unique source of the most frequently
used data in public administration. It is a goal of the Czech
public administration’s eGovernment policy to use existing
government information in the most effective manner.

The reference source will be also open to the public through
the internet.

The project delivers a number of key benefits:

– Substitution of duplicate and fragmented information
systems of various public authorities;

– Improvement of the quality of data used in public

– Mitigating the risk of using erroneous data through
central data updates, and also through checking of reference

– Better protection against unauthorized data manipulation –
technical and operational measures;

– Reducing the administrative and other costs associated
with public administration;

– Improvement of service quality; expansion of the service

– Shortening administrative processes;

– Precise definition of public official’s rights and their

– Logging of all data manipulation by public officials;

– Improved awareness of persons, consumers, entrepreneurs
and public authorities;

– Reducing administrative costs for businesses; and

– Simplification of administrative procedures for the

“The system of registries – after its completion – will
streamline our processes significantly, because public
authorities will no longer need to tediously collate reference
data from various sources,” said Karel Stencel, Vice Chairman,
CUZK. “This new approach will ensure that data is used for
efficient public administration, and that citizens needing to
interact with the public administration system will no longer
need to provide the same data repeatedly. The data will be
provided only once, captured in the primary registry and –
through it – transferred to all the other information systems in
public administration.”

“Ness continues to build on and leverage its extensive
know-how in land and property registration – and it has been a
partner to the relevant Czech authorities for 13 years,” said
Mirko Kalous, Managing Director of Ness Czech. “Our success in
this tender follows a similar recent success in Slovakia,
demonstrating Ness’ leading position in this segment in Central
and Eastern Europe.

“Our portfolio of solutions and services for government has
long been one of Ness’ strengths, and the testimonials of our
customers show that Ness generates significant added value for
them. We are pleased to participate in yet another project to
satisfy the needs of public administration authorities,
enterprises and the public.”

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