For quite some time now, and also, unfortunately, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has been seen as one of the most corrupt government offices in the country. From fixers to bribery practices, allegations against the agency and its employees are rather endless.

The LTO wants to change this notion, and with the help of Dermalog Identification Systems, the government agency will soon be powered by cutting edge solutions for access and data security. The 20-year old German biometric company will be responsible for putting up a six-core infrastructure that ensures security, and best of all, eliminate chances and instances of corruption.

“Part of the ‘LTO-IT Infrastructure Project, Component A’ is to establish a state-of-the-art on-premise private cloud to support the current and future demands of the agency,” said LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante in a statement. “Coupled with the best and latest technologies, we are following a set of IT support best practices in running the operations of the LTO data center to support LTO’s operations 24/7.”

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The system can be accessed via the LTO’s portal and they are the following:

  1. Online Appointment and Application System (OAAS), which is a smart web-based system that provides LTO customers the facility to book an appointment online and, at the same time, lodge applications for all LTO transactions.
  2. Motor Vehicle Inspection and Registration System (MVIRS) supports the management of motor vehicle inspection and registration, and is capable of printing registration certificates and renewing registration online.
  3. Driver’s Licensing System (DLS) allows LTO customers to manage applications and renewals of driver’s licenses, or applications for additional codes. All necessary documents can be uploaded and checked before the client appears at the LTO.
  4. The Law Enforcement and Traffic Adjudication System (LETAS) is a system for the recording of infractions and charges, and the processing of fines and fees. It also provides management of case adjudication, lets the customer manage his infractions and pay for them online. Part of the new LETAS is a handheld device given to law enforcement officers to check the validity of a license and verify the client with face recognition or fingerprints. The system can issue electronic temporary operators permits (ETOP) and allows clients to pay online for their infractions.
  5. Revenue Collection System (RCS) is linked to ePayment gateways that enable LTO to collect on real-time and remit collection to the Bureau of Treasury electronically on the standard government remittance timeline. All payments can be done online even before going to LTO to speed up payments
  6. Executive Information System (EIS), which facilitates and supports senior executive information and decision-making needs is, the sixth core system. This provides analytics and simulation of data that would be useful for quick decision-making, policy formulation, strategic planning, and research and development.

As one of the LTO infrastructure’s security measures, the latest in biometric technology using 10 fingerprints and facial recognition is integrated into the business solution. This ensures that an LTO customer applying for a driver’s license or for motor vehicle registration is the same person in LTO’s central database.

The automation of LTO services nationwide is aimed at easing and securing the daily transactions of the public. Should this system prove effective, perhaps other government agencies can employ the system’s functions as well. They are, after all, for the welfare and convenience of the Filipino people.

Source: Manila Standard